India's Joshna Chinappa continued her good form and reached the quarterfinal in the women's competition but it was curtains for her male compatriots Harinder Singh and Mahesh Mangaonkar at the Australian Open Squash tournament, here on Thursday.
India's squash players continued their splendid show in the ongoing Asian Games with the women's team assuring the country another medal after humbling South Korea 2-0 in the semi-final clash at the Yeorumul Courts, hereon Friday.
Lauding the performance of Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who won the squash doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Sunday announced a cash award of Rs.50 lakh each to the winners.
Squash went through the agony of a third Olympic bid rejection but Indian racqueters, led by Dipika Pallikal, continued to take giant strides globally with quite a few international titles coming their way in an eventful 2013.
World no 15 and men`s top seed Saurav Ghosal and women`s no. 1 seed Joshna Chinappa toyed with their respective rivals to defend their titles successfully in the 38th Bombay Gymkhana-HSBC Maharashtra State Open Senior Squash Championship here on Saturday.
Indian squash stars Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa, along with top-100 player Harinder Pal Sandhu, are all set to go into the New Year with an eye fixed on two big multi-sporting events, the Commonwealth and Asian Games, in 2014.
Joshna Chinappa put up a valiant fight against Alison Waters but the world number four eventually managed to tame the unseeded Indian 3-1 in the Women`s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Open Open.
India`s ace racqueter Saurav Ghosal hardly broke a sweat to storm into the quarterfinals of the 60th National Squash Championship as all the seeded players had it easy on the opening day of the event here today.