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Joshna loses in Liberty Bell Open final

January 19, 2009 17:28 IST

India's ace squash player Joshna Chinappa lost to top-seed Vanessa Atkinson of the Netherlands in the final of the US $11,100 Liberty Bell Open Championship in Philadelphia, US, on Monday.

Fourth-seed Chinappa (world rank 37), who scalped second-seed Jaclyn Hawkes of New Zealand in the semi-finals, was outplayed by Atkinson (ranked 11) 7-11, 7-11, 5-11.

"It was a good experience for me. I lost to a better player," Chinappa said after the match.

This was the first career meeting between Atkinson and Chinappa, who is incidentally playing her first championship in the circuit after a gap of nearly two months.

In her last competitive event, Chinappa had won the NSC Super Satellite (Grade-4) in Malaysia defeating Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

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