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15th Asian Senior Squash Championships 2010
01-08 May, Chennai, India
08-May, Team Finals:

Hong Kong 2-0 India
Joey Chan 3-1 Anaka Alankamony   7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-7
  Rebecca Chiu 3-0 Joshna Chinappa          11-7, 11-2, 11-5
  Annie Au  v Dipika Pallikal dead rubber

Pakistan 2-0 Malaysia
  Yasir Butt 3-1 Nafiizwan Adnan         11-5, 7-11 11-4, 11-4
  Aamir Atlas Khan 3-0 Azlan Iskandar        11-8, 11-9, 11-3

Hong Kong & Pakistan
take team titles

The 15th Asian Squash Championships concluded in Chennai with disappointment for the hosts in the women's final and an upset as the top seeds and defending champions were beaten in the men's final.

In the Women’s final Hong Kong's Joey Chan came from behind to beat Anaka Alakamony 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-7, while Rebecca Chiu scored over Joshna Chinappa 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.

Alankamony fought out with great will and never yielded a single point easily to more experienced Joey Chan. Anaka, a school going kid at age of 15 measured herself well claiming the first game before losing to Chan.

Chinappa, playing the second match, couldn't match the gallant work of her compatriot as Chiu gained revenge for her defeat by Chinappa in the pool stages, winning in quick time to take the match for Hong Kong.
Having yielded the 2-0 lead in the best of three match format and the title to Hong Kong, the dead rubber match between Dipika Pallikal and Annie Au was not held.

Pakistan’s Yasir Butt and Amir Atlas Khan played to their potential and were agile in dashing the hopes of defending champions, Malaysia with a clinical 2-0 verdict to regain the title after a gap of six years.

Butt put Pakistan in the lead disposing of Nafiizwan Adnan, number three player of Malaysia 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 and Atlas Khan sealed the issue with a brilliant display in getting the better of Asia’s top star Azlan Iskandar at 11-8, 11-9, 13-11.

Men's final positions: 1. Pakistan, 2. Malaysia, 3. India, 4. Kuwait, 5. Hong Kong, 6. Japan, 7. Korea, 8. Sri Lanka, 9. Singapore, 10. Iran, 11. Iraq, 12. China, 13. Chinese Taipei

Women's final positions: 1. Hong Kong, 2. India, 3. Malaysia, 4. Korea, 5. Japan, 6. China, 7. Sri Lanka


07-May, Teams Day Three:

Women's Semi-Finals:

Hong Hong 2-1 Malaysia
(3) Joey Chan bt (3) Low Wee Wern 8-11,11-6,11-6,11-8(50m)
(1) Rebecca Chiu Lost (1) Nicol David 3-11,8-11,11-5(20m)
(2) Annie Au bt (2) Delia Arnold 11-8,11-7,8-11,11-7(60m)
India 2-0 Korea
(3) Anaka Alankamony bt (3) Kim Ga Hye 11-8,11-3,11-8(20m)
(1) Joshna Chinappa bt (1) Song Sun Mi 11-2,11-4,11-8(22m)
(2) Dipika Pallikal (2) Park Eun Ok Dead Rubber

Men's Semi-Finals:

Malaysia 2-1 India
(3) Mohd Nafiizwan adnan bt (3) Harinderpal Singh 12-10,11-9,13-11(48m)
(1) Azlan Iskandar lost (1) Saurav Ghosal 11-2,8-11,2-11,4-11(51m)
(2) Ong Beng Hee bt (2) Siddharth Suchde 11-6,8-11,14-12,4-11,11-2(75m)
Pakistan 2-0 Kuwait
(3) Yasir Ali Butt bt (3) Salem F. Moahammad 11-9.11-4,12-10(27m)
(1) Aamir Atlas Khan bt (1) Abdulla Almezayen 11-8,6-11,15-13,11-1( 33m)
(2) Farhan Mehboob (2) Bader E. Alhosaini Dead Rubber

Mixed success for hosts in team semis
Gautam Das reports

It was mixed luck for India in the semi finals of the Team events with the hosts women making the final with a facile 2-0 win over Korea, while Indian men played their hearts out before going down gallantly to defending champions, Malaysia 1-2 in the respective semi finals in the team events of the 15th Asian Senior Squash championship here this evening.

In the other semi final, Hong Kong women dashed the hopes of world number one Nicol David led defending champions Malaysia by a 2-1 margin, while Malaysian men awaits winner of match between last year finalists, Pakistan beat Kuwait 2-0 and play Malaysia .

With their morale high having defeated Hong Kong women in the league phase yesterday, it remains to be seen whether India can repeat their winning effort tomorrow in the final.

In today’s women semi final, Anaka Alankamony beat Kim Ga Hye 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (20minutes) and Joshna Chinappa scored an easy win over Song Sun Mi at 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 (22min). This is the second time in history that Indian women are making the final after having lost their first appearance in 2002 to Malaysia. With their morale high having defeated Hong Kong in the league phase yesterday, it remains to be seen whether India can repeat their winning effort tomorrow in the final.

In the men’s semi final, India’s Harinder Singh Pal Sandhu went down fighting to Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 10-12, 9-11, 11-13 but Saurav Ghosal carried variety of shots in his armour to dispose off reigning Asian individual champion and top seeded Azlan Iskander of Malaysia 2-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 to give the required advantage for the hosts to make a memorable entry in to the final. However, Malaysia Number two and second seeded Ong Ben Hee got the better of Siddharth Suchde 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-2 in a marathon 75 minutes duel in the deciding tie.

The highlight of the semi final matches today was India Number One, Saurav Ghosal, world ranked 27, coming from behind to create the major upset of the championship in scalping top seed Azlan Iskander, who is ranked 18 in PSA, strongest player in the region. Perhaps, this was Ghosal's career best win possibly at home. Ghosal was unbelievably brilliant in his aggressive methods after losing the first game, which the Malaysian led at 8-0 before winning it at 11-2.

The transformation displayed by Ghosal in the next three games proved his uptrend in the world circuit and his performance should augur well in the ensuing Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October.

Ghosal was not only in tremendous form in the reminder of the match but also maintained his supremacy with an all court attack, often coming up with dazzling straight drives and superb drops after keeping the ball in play in rallies against an experienced and highly rated star. With today's win, Ghosal created ripples in the Malaysian ranks and in the Asian region with his clinical and deserving victory. On the whole, the performance of Indian men was of highest standard.

In women semi final today, India fielded its junior star, Anaka Alankamony in the first match against Korea’s third seed, Kim Ga Hye and the Indian required just 20 minutes to wrap up a deserving win to give the required thrust for her senior mate, Joshna Chinappa to do the rest in the second match. Anaka, despite her patchy performance in between played superbly with some delectable drops and eye catching long balls to score winners.

In the second match, Joshna stream-rolled her rival Song Sun Mi with superior display in the first two games but the Korean top seed showed some semblance of a fight in the third. However, Joshan seemed to be complacent and committed lot of unforced errors frequently and her first two games dominance was curtailed. However, Joshna true to her standing as ranked 31 in the world moved from 4-3 to 8-3 and the closest that Song Sun Mi could catch the Indian was 8-7.

In the second semi finals, Nicol in her usual inimitable style and was business like in her 11-3, 11-8, 11-5 win in just 20 minutes against Hong Kong’s Rebacca Chiu but in the next two games, Hong Kong players Joey Chan and Annie Au turned the tables on the favourites to take sweet revenge for their earlier losses in the title matches in the championship for the last over six years.

Joey played remarkably well to get back her rhythm after losing the close first game to Low Wee Wern but made amends in the next three. Ratio of least unforced errors by Joey Chan compared to Wern helped her maintain her lead in all the games. The fourth game turned to be well fought out by the rivals and like the earlier games, it also went neck to neck initially but Joey Chan wriggled out of tight situations to increase the margin to 8-3. Wern tried her best to retrieve her position but could manage to come 5-9 before Joey Chan went on to take the next two points and the match at 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 in 50 minutes.

There was greater pressure on Delia Arnold trailed 0-2 but managed to win the third game. But Annie Au rose to a 4-0 lead in the fourth game. Here, Delia was much more controlled in her shots and a forehand close to the front wall and a drop from back court and two errors by Annie Au helped Malaysian level the score. At 6-4, Annie Au, a south paw, who underwent medical attention on her right wrist, steadied her game so well and Delia was totally under pressure and made hash of her chances in clanging the tin to yield points. Annie Au won at 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 in 60 minutes.

06-May, Teams Day Two
Indian Women top pool B

World number 31 Joshna Chinappa’s heroics in beating higher seeded Rebeca Chiu of Hong Kong (world No.18) 3-1 to take sweet revenge of her loss in the individual event helped India top Group-B with a clean slate and set up a clash against Korea in the semi final of the team events of 15th Asian Squash Championship in progress here.

Chinappa was at her best today and her abilities in containing the unforced errors stood out in her performance. She was able to play her lengths much deeper and was deceptive in her shots close to the front wall. Chinappa also succeeded in her retrievals and some of her picks of returns were unbelievable. Chiu on her part, was under tremendous pressure after trailing 0-2.

In the morning league match, Chinappa led 2-0 and then went on to beat Chiu at 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 in 25 minutes and then Dipika Pallikal settled scores over Annie Au for her two successive losses in two previous events at this same venue.

Pallikal, who maintained her supremacy right from the word go won on straight games of 11-6, 11-4,11-8 in 33 minutes to assure India a hard fought win over higher seeded Hong Kong. In the deciding match, Anaka Alankamony fought gallantly before going down to highly ranked Joey Chan at 11-3, 6-11, 8-11, 5-11 in 35 minutes.

"We're delighted with this victory," said National Coach Cyrus Poncha. "Our girls were on top of their game, and we hope for an equally good performance in the semis against Korea tomorrow. If we make it to the finals in will be only the second time ever, and the first time since 2002."

India's women, who lost to Hong Kong in the last edition, have a fair chance of making the final as Korea is sixth seeded here and the host women have a better rating than their rivals. However, with world number one, Nicol David staying back to help Malaysia to retain the title, it is difficult for the other Continental teams to beat them, as Nicol would be ably assisted by Delia Arnold and Low Wee Wern. Malaysia take on Hong Kong in the semi final tomorrow morning.

Later in the evening India's men, spear headed by Saurav Ghosal, made sure of their progress to the last four stages as India, after defeating China 2-0 in their last league match this morning, beat a fighting Hong Kong with an identical margin in the quarterfinal in the evening. Ghosal faced off the challenge of Korea’s top player, Max Lee 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 in 35 minutes after Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu put India in the lead with a clear cut 14-12, 11-2, 11-7 win over Dick Lau.

Earlier in the morning, Ghosal did not exert much before beating Wang Junjie 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 and Sandhu got the better of Shen Jiaqi 13-11, 11-4, 11-9.

Though India has a tough task ahead in their semi final against defending champions Malaysia tomorrow, while Pakistan take on Kuwait in the other match in Men's.
Team Semi-Finals


Malaysia v Hong Kong
India v Korea


Malaysia v India
Pakistan v Kuwait


Malaysia 2-0 Korea
India 2-0 Hong Kong
Kuwait 2-0 Japan
Pakistan 2-0 Sri Lanka


05-May, Team Event Day One:

Sri lanka Bt Iran 2-1
Korea Bt Singapore 3-0
Japan Bt China 3-0
Kuwait BT Iraq 3-0
Hong Kong, China Bt Chinese Taipei 3-0
Malaysia Bt Iran 3-0
Pakistan Bt Korea 3-0
India Bt Japan 3-0
Iraq Bt Chinese Taipei 3-0
Kuwait bt Hong Kong 2-1


Korea Bt Japan 2-1
Hong Kong Bt China 3-0
India Bt Sri lanka 3-0
Malaysia Bt Korea 3-0
Hong Kong Bt Sri lanka 3-0
India Bt China 3-0

04-May, Day Four, Finals:

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [2] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)                           11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (24m)
[1] Azlan Iskandar (Mas) bt [3/4] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak)            11/8, 11/4, 3/0 rtd (30m)

Double Defence for Malaysia
Gautam Das reports

World Number One Nicol David of Malaysia retained her Asian women Championship title for the whopping seventh time dishing out a high quality game of Squash to beat Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong in straight games of 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in 24 minutes.

Later, Azlan Iskandar defended the men’s title when Amir Atlas Khan of Pakistan conceded trailing in the third game 0-3 due to niggling pain from his right knee down to the ankle. Iskandar won at 11-8, 11-4, 3-0 in 30 minutes.

Atlas Khan said that “I have been experiencing this problem for over six months and back home the doctors were giving different opinions. Next month, I am going to meet a doctor in Germany. Hope, I become much fitter before the Common Wealth Games”

It was a rarity to watch Nicol, such a worthy player to have retained her world’s best status for the 46th month in succession. Nicol was business like in her effort to clinch the 23rd win against Chiu in head-to-head ratio and the Malaysian had lost to her only once in the 2002 Asian Games.

After match over, Nicol said she dedicate this seventh title win to her family. “My family has been supporting me ever since I took to the game and I dedicate this title to my them. As for today’s final, Chiu is also a strong her having been in the circuit for long. I had to play bring in changes in my game according to Chiu’s patter of play. I never wanted to give her enough room to maneuver”.

“Title wins in championships like this always help keep the momentum ahead of the world Open which is being held close to the Commonwealth Games.

Both Nicol and Chiu were physically fitter and technically sound but the Malaysian was tactically sound and had the extra bit of intelligence and in fact showed sadism on occasions when she played backhand cross court wrist-shots to about 180 degrees from the left court to far right extreme of the glass wall.

Endowed with so much of abilities, Nicol also gave away few easy points whenever Chiu came up with forehand volley smashes. In fact, Chiu succeed with winners on all occasions with her volleys excepting once when she clanged the tin. Nicol usually stuck in the back court and could have rushed in to return but never attempted at all, perhaps not wanting to give enough room for Chiu to grow in confidence. Chiu also came up with many a winners, particularly her manner of returning the ball in rallies and once in the first game she came up with superb back hand cross court shot and two forehand volley winners.

Having lost the first two games inside 12 minutes, Chiu tried her best in the third game to gain her ground midway third game after leading 3-0 initially. Here, brought in variety and was excelling with her low back hand straight drives from back court and went on to lead 9-7 and took the next two points in her inimitable style.

03-May, Day Three

Women's Semi-Finals:
[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [9/16] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)                      11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (23m)
[2] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg) bt [5/8] Joey Chan (Hkg)      11/7, 11/9, 5/11, 15/17, 11/4 (46m)

Men's Semi-Finals:
[1] Azlan Iskandar (Mas) bt [3/4] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)                 11/5, 11/6, 11/5 (44m)
[3/4] Aamir Atlas Khan (Pak) bt [5/8] Yasir Butt (Pak)                  11/6, 11/7, 11/0 (31m)

Malaysian Double still on in Chennai
Gautam Das reports

Looking to win the Continental title for whopping seventh time, World Number One Nicol David dished out an impeccable error free game to make the final, beating a fighting Dipika Pallikal of India 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 in the semi final of the 15th Asian Squash Championship here this evening.

Malaysians are just a step away from retaining both the men's and women's titles, as Azlan Iskandar, defending champion is taking on Aamir Atlas Khan of Pakistan in the final, while David plays Rebecca Chiu in the women's section tomorrow evening.

Iskandar outranks Ghosal

The semi final tie between India’s highest ranked Saurav Ghosal, who has made great strides improving upon his prowess in gaining uptrend for about three recent seasons in the competitive world level to be placed at 27, went down fighting to defending champion Iskandar (rank-18) of Malaysia at 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.

Ghosal displayed superior play with variety of shots and came up with winners with superb shot selections but the more experienced Iskandar increased his accuracy in mixing aggression. The rivals were on equal terms initially in all the three games and midway through the games, Iskandar held on to his superior display. However, Ghosal should be credited for his fighting qualities and the manner in which he rattled a senior pro like Iskandar before losing the match.

In the men’s first semi final, Atlas Khan required just 31 minutes to dispose of his compatriot Yasir Butt 11-6, 11-7, 11-0.

Top seeds into Women's final

In the women's semi finals, Hong Kong’s highest ranked player at 18 in WISPA had to exert every sinew to get the better of her compatriot Joey Chan, an equally talented player. Being down 0-2, Chan touched her rhythm in the third and fourth and kept up the momentum to take the match to the decider. Ultimately, Chiu won at 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 15-17, 11-4 in 46 minutes.
Pallikal, ranked 38 in the world, was striving hard to get to grips against reigning champion David. The fact that Pallikal, World Junior Number One, kept the world champion on number of rallies but being forced to err by David. However, Pallikal was not giving away easily to David and tried to score from every chance that came her way.

As for the match, Pallikal led 3-0 in the first game and once David assessed the strength of the Indian and also understood her game plan, the Malaysian required just about five minutes to clinch the game. Second game too saw some equality amongst the rivals initially but David was mostly error free. In the third Pallikal was nowhere in the picture and her run was sealed beyond any hope as David won the game yielding just two points.

Up and coming, Pallikal had words of praise from the world champion, as David credited the Indian for having improved her game since she met her in early March this year in the Chennai Open.

“My assessment of Dipika is that she has made tremendous strides and showing great improvement in short time. Seeing her coming up well involving me in to few rallies, I decided to increase my abilities in not giving Dipika much space in the court to manoeuvre. She was not giving easy points to me and made me work harder,” David said, adding “It is good to have such young players from Asia showing strengths of making big in the world level.”

02-May, Day Two:

Women's Quarter-Finals:
Nicol David (MAS)[1] bt Song Sun Mi (KOR)[9/16] 11-4 11-7 11-7 (24m)
Dipika Pallikal (IND)[9/16] bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)[9/16] 12-10 11-8 11-6 (32m)
Rebecca Chiu (HKG)[2] bt Joshna Chinappa (IND)[5/8] 11-5 11-13 11-7 11-6 (39m)
Joey Chan (HKG)[5/8] bt Delia Arnold (MAS)[3/4] 11-4 11-4 11-6 (28m)

Men's Quarter-Finals:
Azlan Iskandar (MAS)[1] bt Abdulla Almezayen (KUW)[9/16] 13-11 11-7 12-10 (50m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)[3/4] bt Farhan Mehboob (PAK)[5/8]  11-7,11-1,11-6 (35m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)[3/4] bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)[5/8] 12-10 11-8 11-5 (35m)
Yasir Ali Butt (PAK)[5/8] bt Ong Beng Hee (MAS)[2] 10-12 11-8 11-8 11-9 (60m)

Men's Last 16:

Ong Beng Hee (MAS)[2] bt Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND)[9/16] 11-7 11-8 11-6 (32m)
Yasir Ali Butt (PAK)[5/8] bt Harinderpal Singh (IND)[9/16] 8-11 11-7 11-6 11-7 (38m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)[5/8] bt Siddharth Suchde (IND)[9/16] 11-13 11-13 13-11 11-8 11-8 (106m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)[5/8] bt Ivan Yuen (MAS)[9/16] 9-11 11-6 11-8 11-8 (56m)
Abdulla Almezayen (KUW)[9/16] bt Max Lee (HKG)[5/8] 11-7 11-6 11-4 (27m)
Aamir Atlas Khan (PAK)[3/4] bt Dick Lau (HKG)[9/16] 11-5 11-6 12-10 (35m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)[3/4] bt Waqar Mehboob (PAK)[9/16] 11-9 11-5 11-5 (36m)
Azlan Iskandar (MAS)[1] bt Anson Kwong (HKG)[9/16] 11-2 11-4 11-2 (25m)

Pallikal progresses but Ong ousted in Chennai
Gautam Das reports

India’s junior number one, Dipika Pallikal displayed her hold in making the women semi finals to keep the country’s hopes alive along with her compatriot Saurav Ghosal in men in the 15th Asian Squash Championship here at the Indian Squash Academy this evening.

In her semi final tomorrow, Pallikal has a remote chance of progressing to the summit being drawn to play world number one and defending champion, Nicol David of Malaysia, while Rebecca Chiu (Hong Kong) take on her compatriot Joey Chan in the other match.

The men’s semi finals would be between Saurav Ghosal and defending champion and top seeded Azlan Iskander of Malaysia and Pakistanis Aamir Atlas Khan and Yasir Ali Butt(ranked 59), who created a major upset in a nerve wrecking encounter getting the better of second seed Ong Beng Hee (ranked 19) at 10-12, 11-8, 11-9. Atlas Khan defeated Nafizwan Adnan) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5.

Ghosal, who has been blowing hot during the last two seasons, proved he was more potentially talented and displayed variety in his shot selections. He was able to bring up and down the pace of his returns for winners against Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboob, who was looking to be a mere tourist in today’s match.

However, credit should be given to Ghosal, who touched his rhythm from 7-7 in the first game and then came from behind to wrap-up the match in the third. Ghosal won at 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 in 35 minutes.

In the first men match, Iskandar had to bring in his resources against a fighting Kuwaiti. Abdulla Almzayen, a south paw was elegant in his stroke play and attracted attention with his abilities to go in circles around Iskandar to gain the momentum in both the first and third games before going down at 11-13, 7-11, 10-12 in 50 minutes.

Earlier in the morning, the progress of three host players, Siddharth Suchde, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and Ritwik Bhattachrya was halted by higher ranked rivals. Sandhu went down fighting to Yasir Ali Butt (Pak) 11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 7-11, while Bhattacharya list in straight games to second seeded Ong Beng Hee (Malaysia) 7-11, 8-11, 6-11.

However, Suchde (ranked 80) was rather unlucky to have lost after keeping his hopes alive with a 2-0 game lead. The match went in to the decider as Malaysia’s Mohd Nafizwan (rank 56) was able to win few crunch points answering his rival with superb exhibition, both from front and back court play. Nafizwan won at 11-13, 11-13, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 in a marathon 106 minutes.

Among today’s matches, India’s raising star, Pallikal was cynosure of all eyes. Ranked 38, Pallikal needed 32 minutes to beat the best of Misaki Kobayashi of Japan 12-10, 11-8, 11-6 and gave enough indications that she is on road to surpass Chinappa in WISPA rankings to be the highest ranked Indian player in the distaff side.

After 18-year-old Pallikal made her smooth passage to the last four, Joshna Chinappa, ranked 31, failed to sustain the onslaught of experienced Chiu (rank 18) in the Centre court. Chiu won at 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 in 39 minutes. In the other women matches, David of steamrolled Song Sun Mi of Korea at 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 and Chan (ranked 30-seed 5/8)) scored a minor upset disposing of Malaysia’s Delia Arnold (seed3-4) in straight games of 11-4, 11-4, 11-6.

In her quarterfinal today, Pallikal, for the second day in succession was seen having the match on her side all through after a tight first game, which she won on extra points. Throughout the first game, the rivals were matching each other perhaps to analysis each one’s strength.

Pallikal, who was crafty with her whipping forehand drives and solid backhand, was focused and rarely messed up her chances, excepting in the far end of the match. In fact, Pallikal waited like a hawk for her prey in both the second and third games, where trailed by a slender margin before adjusting herself in vital hour to close the games. Perhaps, she sensed victory on her assessment of the rival in her ploy to come from behind to remain supreme.

In the first game, Pallikal was artistic in scoring the last two points being 10-all with her wall to wall winners. In the next two games also, Pallikal was trailing by low margins. In the second, from 5-7, the

Indian made it 8-8 and then whipped Kobayashi for the game. Third game was a roller coaster for Pallikal as from 3-4 she rose to 10-4 before winning the match at 11-6 in 32 minutes.

On the other hand, the match on the centre court between experienced Chiu and Chinappa was noteworthy as the latter failed to cash in on the chances that came her way. Chiu saw more of the ball in the third and fourth games, like in the first and at times, played in a casual manner.

The closest that Chinappa could progress in the first game was 2-7 before losing it at 5-11 but rose to a 4-0 lead in the second. Chiu did fight back to be on level terms at 8-8 but Chinappa with delicate drops took two points to 10-8 and messed up to take the game on serve. However, Chinappa, managed to win the game. This was the only good patch of the match for the Indian as Chinappa was forced to err on numerous occasions to yield the match to Chiu.
01 May, Day One:
Mixed success for Indians in Chennai

Gautam Das reports

In the men section, India’s highest ranked and lone seeded player at third in this tournament, Saurav Ghosal (PSA 27), Siddharth Suchde (80), veteran Ritwik Bhattacharya (113) and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (90) have made the last sixteen.

Sandhu was slightly off colour today and did not have a start to the championship to his liking as he was stretched in the very first game which he won on extra points and the same tempo continued in the evening too against a lower rung Kuwaiti E.Alhosaini Bader, who played to his scheme of keeping the ball in play. However, Sandhu wriggled out of tough situations in the decider before winning it 8-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6.

Lone seeded Indian in the women section, Joshna Chinappa got past Korean Eun Ok Park 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 in 23 minutes, while Dipika Pallikal, who has been in good nick since winning the WISPA Indian Challenger in Kolkata last month, proved her mettle surviving a five game tussle in a marathon 65 minutes against Low Wee Wern of Malaysia. It was a question of the fittest as the match meandered to the decider. Here, Pallikal, who scored many eye-catching winners in the match, brought in her best after being level 8-all before eventually winning the match at 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8.

Tomorrow morning, eighth seeded Chinappa is slated to play more experienced second seeded Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong, while Pallikal has better chances of making the semi finals. World number one Junior player Pallikal, who has improved upon her WISPA ranking by five slots to 38 as on today’s ranking list, takes on 68th ranked Misaki Kobayashi of Japan. Semi final progress for Pallikal would put her against top seeded Nicol David.

In the pre-quarterfinal matches tomorrow, Ghosal take on Pakistan’s Waqar Mehboob, while Suchde fights Nafizwan Adnan of Malaysia. Bhattacharya is expected to have a tough time against second seeded Ong Beng Hee in the last eight stages. Sandhu, who survived anxious moments before managing to progress after a hard fought 3-2 in 65 minutes, now plays Pakistan’s Yasir Ali Butt, who is ranked 5-8.

On a day when the higher ranked players progressed to the second round without exerting themselves match, stiffer competitions were witnessed in both the men’s pre-quarterfinals and women’s quarterfinal matches.

World Number One David, considered a cinch to claim her seventh individual title in succession was seen to be in her elements in terms of fitness. David is one player who is way ahead of others in the women section in the world and winning the title at this Asian level should be a kinder garden stuff for her. After winning her first match in 16 minutes against China’s unseeded Gu Jinyue, David made the quarterfinals disposing of Elise Ng (9-16 seed) of Hong Kong at 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.

However, the men’s section threw out lot of possibilities as few top rung stars had to bring in their best midway their matches as the rivals were showing signs of getting the upper hand.

As for the hosts player, India fielded 17 in men and eight in women and it was  mixed luck for them as nine of the them including Saurav Ghosal, world ranked 27 and Siddharth Suchde (80) won their respective men’s first round matches without much difficulty, excepting Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (ranked 90) managed to take the first game in a fast paced tie on extra points before making the next grade. Vikas Jangra, Deepak Mishra, Ramit Tandon, Vrishab Kotian, Naveen Jangra and Kush Kumar failed to cross the first hurdle.

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