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26-May, Final:
Joshna joy at home win in Chennai
Gautam Das reports

Second seed and world number 71, Joshna Chinappa of India claimed her first ever dream title of a WSA event at home when she came from behind in the third game to beat third seeded Sarah Jane Perry 3-1 in the final of the Chennai Open International Squash championship here this afternoon.

For former Indian number one, Joshna, this was her sixth overall WSA title and she is currently making inroads to regain her status in the world circuit where she was 28th in July 2010. Despite having underwent a knee surgery last year, Joshna proved that she is getting in to her mould, especially displaying her prowess in this tournament in all her earlier victories. Today, she won the title with a 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 score line over Sarah-Jane.

Joshna started off in a sluggish manner and gave three points through unforced errors and then played few delectable corners for points to level the score 5-5 and 8-8, while third seed Sarah used her height in coming up front to outstretched and score winners. Sarah was equally good in breaking for points but had no answer, though taking the first game 11-8, to Joshna’s measure of comfort in being artistic with controlled pace in the first game.

However, in the second game, Joshna build up a 6-3 advantage and had the felicity to move around the court with ease in keeping Sarah at the base. With sheer grit supported by her game plan of not allowing the rival to get in to rallies, Joshna went for quick finishes to wrap up the game in just about ten minutes at 11-4.

It was a case of keep up to the momentum having won her three matches earlier in straight games and also finding her rhythm despite dropping the first game today, Joshna initially trailed after 4-6 but came up with two superb winners to lead 7-6 and with a ‘stroke’ decision in her favour went on to 8-6. However, Sarah, who has been using her back hand drives to good effect, could collect a point and then made Joshna run from end to end to gain in narrowing the lead. But, Joshna was so focused that she was able to win the game at 11-8 to lead 2-1 in the match.

Playing Sarah for the first time in the circuit, Joshna lapsed in to concentration in trailing 3-6 but showed her class in cashing in on the first chance that she got to gain the initiative. Once, Joshna leveled the score 7-all, she maintained her accuracy. She made it 8-7 and then made in roads to wrap up the game and the match. Since Sarah was not yielding under pressure much, Joshna had to wait for her chances and then won on extra points.
Chennai Open 2012
22-26 May, Chennai, India, $10k
Round One
23 May
24 May
25 May
26 May
[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
11-4, 11-1, 12-10
[Q] Saai Meera (Ind)
[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh
4–11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 (63m)
Anaka Alankamony
Anaka Alankamony

11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 12-14, 6-11 (69m)

[3] Sarah-Jane Perry

[3] Sarah-Jane Perry

9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10

[2] Joshna Chinappa

[7] Zulhijah Binti Azan (Mas)
9-11, 11-0, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8
Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11-4, 11-2, 11-6
Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry
8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (38
[8] Victoria Bell
[8] Victoria Bell (Eng)
 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
[Q] Lakshva Raghavendra (Ind)
[Q] Marian Metwally (Egy)
11-6, 6-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-5
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim
7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8(37m)
[4] Pushppa Devi
[5] Salma Hany Ibrahim

13-11, 11-4, 11-8 (30m)

[2] Joshna Chinappa

Harshit Kaur Jawanda (Ind)
11-8, 12-10, 12-10
[4] Pushppa Devi (Mas)
[Q] Ashita Bhengra (Ind)
11-5, 11-0, 11-2
[6] Carrie Ramsey (Eng)
[6] Carrie Ramsey
 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (31m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa
Nouran Ahmed Gohar (Egy)
11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7
[2] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)

Qualifying Finals:

Mariam Metwally bt Sunayna Kuruvilla                   11-1, 11-1, 11-3
Saai Meera bt Janvi Rathore                                  11-5, 11-3, 11-1
Lakshya Raghavendra bt Shamika Reddy               11-7, 11-2, 11-2
Ashita Bhengra bt AV Apoorva                               11-3, 11-4, 11-6

25-May, Semis:
Perry & Chinappa in Chennai final
Gautam Das reports

In the two semi finals of the season-ending WSA $10k Chennai Open at the Chennai Squash Academy, home expectations were very high, but the hopes of the home crowd to see an all Indian final tomorrow vanished when the top Indian Junior, unseeded Anaka Alankamony, went down fighting in five games against highly ranked third seed Sarah Jane Perry of England.

Anaka was striving hard to get to her grips against a higher level star. The fact that Anaka kept Sarah in two minds on number of rallies and then dominating in the first three games was indicative of her prowess. In the fourth game after being match ball up, Anaka committed an unforced error to surrender the initiative.

Anaka was down 9-10 and then matched Sarah for points and serving 12-12, Anaka’s shot went in. In the fifth, Anaka was down 0-6 but made tremendous strides in winning six points in a row to level the score. Here, Sarah brought her experience in to play to win the match

Looking to win the Chennai Open title for the first time, especially at her home ground, India’s Joshna Chinappa is just a step away from it as she disposed of Salma Hany Ibrahim of Egypt in straight games.

Joshna’s variety of shots and a near perfect game plan helped her win the match, though the Egyptian displayed her wears of aggressive methods in the first game but then it was Joshna all the way in the next two. Joshna planned her way methodically and her efforts in keeping the rival under constant pressure paid off. However, Joshna, who had undergone a knee injury about seven months ago proved her fitness in great measure and looked to be ready for the kill in the world circuit where her ranking had dipped.

Joshna touched her rhythm in midway the first game and then kept up the momentum to take the match without much ado.
24-May, Quarters:
Anaka annexes top seed in Chennai
Gautam Das reports

Unseeded Anaka Alankamony defeated top seed Sit Munirah to reach the semi-finals against third seed Sarah-Jane Perry of England, while second seed Joshna Chinappa plays Salma Hany of Egypt.

India’s seasoned Chinappa exhibited tremendous skills in wearing down Carrie Ramsey of England in straight games to join her compatriot Alankamony in the semi finals of the Chennai Open Squash Championship here today.

Joshna has made great strides improving her prowess and is finding ways to improve her world ranking, and displayed quality and class in beating Ramsey 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 in her second WSA tournament after a knee operation.

Earlier, in the first match of the evening, Alanamony, a talented and promising junior, defeated top seeded Siti Munirah, who is ranked 40 in the world. It was a seesaw battle with Anaka trailing 1-2. The fourth game was a grueling battle with Anaka dominating the front of the court to take the match into the fifth game. Ultimately, Anaka's decision to remain aggressive paid divined as she wore down Munirah in the 63min battle.

In the other two matches, Perry came from behind to beat Victoria Bell in an all-English quarter-final, while Egyptian Hany managed to get the better of Malaysia's Pushppa Devi in a minor seeding upset.
23-May, Round One:
Indians advance in Chennai Round One
Gautam Das reports

On a creditable day for seasoned Joshna Chinappa and Anaka Alankamony, it was valuable experience for the Indian Squash Academy trainee Ashita Bhengra of Tamil Nadu and Delhi’s Harshit Kaur in the first round main draw of the Chennai Open Squash Championship that commenced here today.

Alankamony, currently the top most Indian junior making waves on international levels, despite failing to play to her potentials, put paid to the aspirations of seventh seeded Zulhijah Binti Azan of Malaysia to join the other seven seeds including Chinappa in the quarterfinals to be played tomorrow.

Anaka’s match was most interesting and best amongst the eight matches held today. As the match started it was evident that Anaka was listless in the manner in which was moving around the court and not getting anything right. However, she surprised everyone with her game plan and scored at will to neutralize the game score one-all without yielding any point.

In the third game, it was a matter of keeping up to the momentum and the Indian displayed great skills in mixing her drives and volleys and in fact, Anaka was that much swift to hold and then flick for points. But, the fourth turned out to be Anaka in the slumber once again like in the first game and the match drifted to the decider. Here, Anaka led 4-1 and looked to be lost in concentration once again. Anaka, who gave six points in a row to the Malaysian, displayed great game skills to shift to the aggressive mode. Once Anaka got aggressive, the Malaysian threw in the towel.

In the side court, Ashita, a school going kid, went down in straight games to sixth seed Carrie Ramsey of England but learnt useful lessons from the loss, while Harshit Kaur, the current under-15 champion, went down fighting in a close tie against Malaysia’s Pushpa Devi, who could win 11-8, 12-10, 12-10.

Harshit was in her elements and brought her potential in to play but lost the first game 8-11. The Malaysian had to bringing something extra in to her play apart from her experience as Harshit showed signs of recovery and rose to game ball up in the second. Here, the Indian lacked the required experience to finish for points after a rally. And, in the final game too, Harshit carried on with her good work and kept pushing her but the left handed Malaysian recovered well to make most of the situation.

The longest match of the day was an all-Egyptian clash between fifth seed Salma Hany and qualifier Mariam Metwally, with Hany emerging the victor in a see-saw five game battle.

Three English players progressed, all in straight games, and Sarah-Jane Perry and Victoria Bell will play each other for a place in the semi-finals while Carrie Ramsey meets second seed Chinappa.
Qualifying complete in Chennai

Straight games victories was the order of the day at the $ 10,000 WSA Chennai Open Squash Championship held at Indian Squash Academy, Chennai.

Mariam Ibrahim Metwally the only foreigner who participated in the qualifying round had no problem defeating Chennai junior Sunayna Kuruvilla.The other Chennai juniors progressing to main draws were Saai Meera, Ashita Pranaya Bhengra & Lakshya Ragavendra.
Chennai geared up for Chennai Open

With prominent players Joshana Chinappa and Anaka Alankamony getting ready for battle, Chennai is all set for the Chennai Open, a WSA tournament valued at US $10,000.

The Indian Squash Academy, will witness the excitement from 22 May 2012 with the finals on 26 May 2012. The participants include players from Malaysia, Australia, Egypt, and England.

Srivatsan Subramaniam, General Secretary, TNSRA, says, “Like every year this year we hope to have a fantastic event that will be a breeding ground for our upcoming women players.

The top seed of the event is Siti Munirah Jusoh from Malaysia ranked 40 in the world. Joshana Chinappa playing in only her second WSA event since her injury last year has been seeded two as she used her pegged ranking of 41. Her current rank in May is 71.

7 local players who will play the qualifying round will join the following 13 WSA players.

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