POSTED DAE : Sept. 4, 2015
"It was a good match," Chinappa said. "The first game was pretty close, but I managed to close it out in three, so that's always good."
Harinderpal Sandhu (IND) took a quick first game off of Joel Hinds (ENG), who took too games to find his legs. Hinds pushed back in the third and fourth, though, staying in front of Sandhu and controlling the pace. But Sandhu refocused and widened the game in the decider, taking the match 11-2, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7 in 62 minutes.
"It was a seesaw," said Sandhu. "Luckily I was on the high side. I relaxed a bit too much after the first game. In the fifth, I was on top of it from the start and that showed as I got the lead and hung onto it."
"It was tough," Hinds said. "I wasn't reacting very well. I lost the first game in about three minutes. The second went better. Two down is tough, and I did well to come back. But I made a few more errors. He opened up too big in the fifth, and I couldn't pull it back."
Mahesh Managonkar (IND) passed into the Quarterfinal with a 3-0 win over Kush Kuman (IND). But at 40 minutes, it wasn't a quick match. All three games had long, beautiful rallies with some amazing pick-ups by both players. Mangaonkar, though, was in control for most of it, moving Kumar around the court in a fast-paced game and taking the match 11-5, 11-6, 11-3.
"I am very happy, obviously," Mangaonkar said. "I feel like I played my best squash since January. I'm just happy to get a win against a player in top form at the moment. I'm feeling pretty good. Hopefully I can keep up that form and sneak through a wintomorrow."
Qualifier Lee Ka Yi upsets fifth-seed to enter Quarterfinal
Qualifiers had a banner day today, including Hong Kong's Lee Ka Yi. Ka Yi pushed Deon Saffery (WAL) into extra points in the first game, cooly taking it 13-11. Saffery battled back in the second game, taking it 11-7. But Ka Yi kept her head and slowed down the pace, keeping control till the end and finishing off the match 13-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 29 minutes.
"She has better hands than me, and I tried to minimize my mistakes," Ka Yi said. "I didn't expect this much. I tried to slow down the pace, prepare and get the point. I hope to try my best tomorrow."