World Doubles Squash Championship: Joshna-Dipika Assure Bronze
The Indian pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal assured a bronze medal at the WSF World Doubles Squash Championship. The Joshna-Dipika lost it to the English pair Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in the semifinals. The second seeded Indian duo suffered an 11-6, 6-11, 8-11 loss to Jenny and Alison.
The pair had progressed to the women’s doubles quarterfinal round in the WSF-World Doubles Squash Championship, in Manchester on August 2, but failed to cross the final border.
Following the first game win, the Indian pair started the second one with confidence but, unfortunately, the hosts had a stronger defense mechanism and stroked down the Indians on the wrong foot in the forecourt. They beat the lower seeded Canadians Samantha Cornett and Nikole Todd 10-11, 11-6, 11-8 in the last game to ensure at least a bronze medal in India’s store.
Former Junior Asian champion, Joshna Chinappa, scripted history by becoming the first Indian to ever win the 19th Asian Individual Squash Championships. In April this year, she defeated compatriot and Squash pro Dipika Pallikal in the women’s final in Chennai.
Last year, she secured a career high 10th position in the PSA world rankings. With that, Joshna became the second Indian woman to break into the top 10 after Dipika Pallikal.
Dipika, came into limelight in 2011, when she won three WISPA tour titles to attain a career-best ranking of 13th.
Joshna-Dipika won the gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.
Meanwhile, in mixed doubles, Indian pairs of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika and Vikram Malhotra and Joshna Chinappa bowed out medal-less.
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