Top seed Dipika Pallikal moved into the final of the Australian Open squash event with a 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 win over Hana Ramadan. Dipika, who lost in the final of the Victoria Open few days ago, had an initial scare from the Egyptian qualifier, before stamping her class to win the match.
Out to gain a good work out before the forthcoming World Doubles Squash Championship in Darwin, Dipika had a comfortable first round against wild card Jessica Turnbull (AUS) winning 11-1, 11-5, 11-8, but she conceded the opening game to Misaki Kobayashi, the seventh seed from Japan, in the quarter-final before winning 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6. Sachika Ingle was the only other Indian woman player who had taken part, but she could not cross the qualification stage.
A host of Indians
Kush Kumar went out retired in the earlier round. Ravi Dixit showed a lot of character in a terrific comeback from two games down in the first round (Patrick Miescher of Switzerland), but he was unfortunate to meet the second seed (Campbell
The results: Harinder Pal Sandhu : Ist rd: bt Elvinn Keo (MAS) 11-5, 11-4, 12-10; 2nd: bt Evan Williams (NZL) 12-10, 11-5, 11-6; quarters: lost to Abdulla al Tamini (QAT) 12-10, 8-11, 10-12,7-11; Kush Kumar: bt Nathan Turnbull (AUS) 11-7, 4-11, 11-5, 11-8; lost to Joel Makin (WAL) 7-11, 8-11, 1-4 rtd; Ravi Dixit bt Patrick Miescher (SUI) 8-11, 11-13 11-8, 13-11,12-10; lost to Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-5; Sandeep Ramachandan lost to Zac Alexander (AUS) 5-11, 7-11, 7-11