Joshna Chinappa marches into HKFC International final

Joshna Chinappa marches into HKFC International final

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Indian squash ace Joshna Chinappa stormed into the final of the 2016 HKFC International at Hong Kong on Friday after defeating local favourite Annie Au in a tight match.The third-seeded Indian needed exactly an hour to end the run of the second seed, and won the match 3-2 to enter the final.

Just two weeks ago, Joshna had swept aside Annie, ranked three rungs above the Indian at 10 in world rankings, in straight games in the Asian team championship in Chinese Taipei. The same flourish was missed, understandably because on home settings, Annie too was a different opponent. From a two games down position, the Hong Kong player, egged on by the local gathering had not only caught up but led 8-6 in the deciding fifth game. Joshna was shaken but the fight was not gone as she clawed back brilliantly to finish off in style.

Joshna's 3-2 win ( 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9) helped her to qualify for the title round, where she will face the top seed Joelle King of New Zealand.

Joshna last made it to the final of a PSA event in Septamber last year. On that occasion in the NSCI Open in Mumbai, she had beaten the Egptian Habiba Mohamed. This is the 19th time that Joshna had moved to the final in the professional circuit, and she has won 11 titles so far.

Report Courtesy: © SRFI

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