Indian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the semi-finals of the Granite Open when the country's top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa meet for a place in the final of the WSA International 25 event here.
After conceding a game in the opening round, top seed Dipika Pallikal showed her true class in the Winnipeg Winter Club Women's Open by reclaiming the World Squash Association (WSA) Challenger 15 title without dropping a further game.
Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
India's Joshana Chinappa dispatched 12th seed Madeline Perry of Ireland while 14th seed Dipika Pallikal survived a Mexican scare to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Women's World Squash Championship on Monday.
Sans their top squash player Dipika Pallikal, India's struggle continued as they were blanked 0-3 by France for their second straight defeat in the ongoing WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship here.
Continuing with their sparkling form, Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu progressed to finals of the women's and men's events respectively at the the JSW Indian Squash Challenger tournament, here on Tuesday.