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Macau Open Squash | Joshna Chinappa qualifies for semi-finals, Saurav Ghosal bows out

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Macau Open Squash | Joshna Chinappa qualifies for semi-finals, Saurav Ghosal bows out

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04/12/2019

Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa has made it to the Macau Open, a PSA major event in Macau after defeating Egypt’s Mayar Hany 11-8, 11-2, 11-9. On the other hand, Saurav Ghosal lost to Scotland’s Greg Lobban 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 and was knocked out of the competition.

Third seed Joshna Chinappa moved into the semi-final of the Macau Open,.a PSA major event here on Friday with a convincing 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 win over fifth seed Mayar Hany of Egypt. However for the second seed Saurav Ghosal it was an unexpected exit in the men's section with sixth seed Greg Lobban of Scotland chalking out a 6-11, 11-811-5, 11-8 win for a last four place.

Earlier, Saurav had an energy-sapping wake up session in the second round (pre-quarterfinal) on Thursday, after a bye in the first when his country-mate Mahesh Mangaonkar nearly had him on the floor. 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9 read the score of the match that lasted 77 minutes, the longest in this round. So frustrated was Mahesh at the missed opportunity that he flung his racket onto the front wall, unable to hold his emotions.

For Joshna however, after a bye in the first round, it was a fairly easy outing against New Zealand's Amanda Landers-Murphy. The Indian won in straight games 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Knowing the Kiwi's penchant for the volleys, Joshna ensured her rival was not given much of that privilege and the ploy worked.

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