Joshna Chinappa pulled off an impressive victory against England’s Millie Tomlinson in straight sets to proceed to the third round of the British Open squash championships. However, compatriot Saurav Ghoshal faltered in the second round as he went down fighting to Karim Abdel Gawad.
After having pulled off a historic first ever double by winning the gold medal in the Asian Individual Squash Championships last month in their respective categories in Kuala Lumpur, the Indian duo faced contrasting fates in the second round of the British Open on Wednesday, being held at the University of Hull’s Sports and Fitness Centre.
While world number 15 Chinappa had a comfortable 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 victory, world number 10 Saurav Ghosal put on a spirited display before succumbing an 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 defeat to Egyptian and present world number four Karim Abdel Gawad.
Ghosal had been in good touch, reaching the quarter-finals of four international tournaments in the past two months, but his opponent was simply too good for him on the given night.
A record 16-time national champion, Chinappa said she was happy to have beaten the home player considering her counterpart’s brilliant form of late. Chinappa will be facing yet another British player, World No. 6 Sarah-Jane Perry in the pre quarter-final tomorrow.
“Millie is one of the harder second round matches that I could have got and she is playing really well,” Chinappa was quoted as saying by Sportsstar.
“She [Millie] is fit, she is strong and she is playing well so I feel really lucky to have got off in three. I thought I played alright for the most part. She put a lot of pressure on me, especially in the first and third games. I managed to absorb a little bit of it, so it was a hard 3-0.”