POSTED DAE : Oct. 5, 2015
India’s national champion and world ranked 20, Joshna Chinappa moved into the semi-final of the $50,000 Carol Weymuller squash open, a PSA world tour event being held in New York.
Joshna , who came through the qualifying rounds, has thus far shown great touch to beat seventh seeded Emma Beddoes of England 4 -11, 16-14, 11-7, 11-4 in the first round and then in the quarterfinal she accounted for another qualifier Salma Hany of Egypt, who is above the Indian in world rankings. The scores of 11-9, 8-11,5-11, 11-8, 11-9 truly depicts a great match which it was, according to reports. Though Joshna has a 3-0 advantage over the Egyptian in the head-to-head count, this was a day when Salma, who had earlier sent out the second seeded Laura Massaro of England, just would not allow the Indian to settle. Salma had led 7-4 right in the first game before Joshna woke up to find her lengths and repeatedly getting the Egyptian off the T to win points.
But Salma was not to be pushed down as she came strongly to win the next two games with some accurate shot-making where the Indian came up with a few unforced errors. The intenstity reached a crescendo in the fourth game which Salma in her enthusiasm to close up even went for a dive and hurt herself. Joshna kept up the pressure and forced the issue to the fifth game where again points went neck and neck until at 10-9 match ball, Salma sent a forehand drive out of the court.
In the semi-final Joshna will play world ranked 28, Joelle King of New Zealand. Joelle has progress this far after beating two seeded players Alison Waters (England) and sixth seed Sarah Jane Perry , also of England.