JOSHNA CHINAPPA SURGE PAST SARAH JANE TO REACH QUARTERFINALS AT BLACK BALL SQUASH OPEN

The Indian defeated the sixth seed English player 11-4, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9

Rahul Singh (pr@tdsstar.com)

EGYPT: Joshna Chinappa has been hit by some incredible touch of form in recent times as she overcame another big name player Sarah Jane Perry of England to reach the quarterfinal stage of the Women’s Black Ball Squash Open, a PSA Gold event held at Egypt on Tuesday. The Sixth Seeded English player was defeated by a confident Indian player by a score line of 11-4, 6-11, 14-12, 11-9.

Joshna Chinappa who went past an eight time world champion Nicol David in the previous round was in full mood of forcing another setback and indeed she did by defeating Sarah Jane Perry of England. It was Joshna’s first win over her English opponent in almost seven years, with the last victory coming in 2012 Chennai Open. Joshna made sure that she didn’t served any easy chances to her English counterpart. Though Sarah Jane made a comeback in the second game by winning 6-11, Joshna was quick to counter as she won the next two and thus winning the Contest to reach the quarters. Joshna now plays yet another tough player, the third Joelle King of New Zealand in the pre-semifinal stage.

In the previous round Joshna got the better off Malaysian Legend Nicol David 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, which was only the third time that she defeated the Malaysian great since that phenomenal effort in the April of 2018 in another tournament right here. As the scoreline suggested, Joshna was in great touch in the first two games to shut them off in a jiffy. However in the third, Nicol seemed to wake up for a fight. Points had gone neck and neck before the Indian got the better of her opponent to earn a passage into the last 16.

 

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