POSTED DAE : April 26, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: A former world junior bronze medallist, Dipika Palllikal crashed out of the World Women's championship here on Tuesday after putting up a marathon fight against HongKong's Annie Au in the first round.
The 62- minute thriller went in favour of the Hong Kong Player, ranked ten rungs above the Indian at 10 with scores of 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11,11-7. The last occasion when the two met was in 2014 in the Tournament of champions, when Annie had it easy in three games but the latest truly went to the wire in what was the longest match thus far in this edition. Dipika slipped after a gallant fight back.
The focus will now will be on Joshna Chinappa from here. She plays the second Laura Massaro, the top seed in the second round on Wednesday.