Indian squash players continued to show their mettle on Saturday also. While Joshna Chinnappa entered the final of the Victorian open Championship, in Melbourne Australia. The junior girls Harshit and Akanksha helped Team India juniors to beat Australia to take them into last 8 in World Junior squash championship.
The third seed Indian no 2 women’s player Joshna Chinnappa defeated Australia’s Christine Nunn, the eighth seed, yesterday. Joshan was too strong and Nunn could not rise up to challenge of the Indian which she won in straight games 11-7, 11-5, and 11-9. She meets the second seed Line Hansen of Denmark, who edged out South Africa’s Siyoli Waters 15-13, 12-10, 11-3 in the finals today. Joshna has a 1-1 record in recent times with Hansen and to that extent it should be an interesting final on the morrow.
The men’s Indian player Mahesh lost his semifinals to top seed Ryan Cuskelly of Australia in straight sets, with 6-11 being the score-line in all three sets. In the PSA men’s squash ranking Sourav Ghoshal has moved under to position no 19.
On the other side of the world in Eindhoven, in Netherlands, Seventh seeds Indian girls team defeated lowly placed Australia by two games to one. The first game played by Adya Adwani was shaky as the match went to five sets and Indian girl lost at 8-11,3-11,11-5, 16-14 and 4-11 . She lost the first two sets easily but came back in the third with bang and managed to hold on the fourth, but was unable to keep pressure in the last set. In the next game Harshit first breezed past Samantha Calvert in straight games 11-4 11-5 11-3, inside 20 minutes to bring back relief on the Indians’ faces. Then Akanshka provided the winning moments with another fluent display to get past Victoria Leow winning 11-5 11-4 11-3.
Indian girl’s team now play USA ranked second for number one position in the pool B. They have made sure of their participation in quarter finals anyway. Let us hope they move forwards from here.
Deepika maintains her 18th position among women’s ranking and Joshna Chinnapa is ranked 28th.