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Asian Squash: It's Joshna vs Dipika in summit clash

Last updated on: April 29, 2017 21:22 IST

Ghosal also books berth in men’s final 

Dipika Pallikal

It will be an all-India final for the first time ever in the Asian Squash championship when Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik clash in the women's singles event.

Saurav Ghosal, meanwhile, became the first Indian male squash player to reach the men's singles final of the prestigious event.

The two Indian women made the final of the tournament with contrasting victories on Saturday.

While Pallikal, seeded fourth, upset top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, the second seeded Chinappa made short work of Hong Kong's sixth-seed Tong Tsz Wing 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 to storm into the final.

In the first semi-final, Pallikal stunned Au in 50 minutes.

Starting brilliantly against the pre-tournament favourite, Pallikal took the opening game to lay down the marker. However, Au came back strongly to claim the second game with a series of impressive stroke-making.

Pallikal seized the initiative from thereon and kept Au off balance by staying aggressive.

The Chennai-based Pallikal closed out the match for a memorable win.

With this victory, Pallikal has posted only her third win over the Hong Kong player, ranked 11th in the world, in 10 meetings.

Chinappa, meanwhile, completely dominated her rival as she took the first two games easily before Wing posed a challenge in the third.

But the Indian shut her rival out to win in front of a cheering crowd at the Express Avenue mall in Chennai.

Ghosal proved too strong for the fifth seeded Leo Au of Hong Kong as he won 11-6 11-7 11-3.

The second seeded Indian never allowed Leo Au to settle down. Mixing aggression with finesse, Ghosal captured the first game in no time.

However, the second game witnessed the two fight on level terms before Ghosal managed to prevail over his rival again.

In the third game, the Indian number one sailed through.

Ghosal will take on top seeded Max Lee of Hong Kong in final.

Lee had ousted third seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 in 51 minutes to book his spot in the final.

IMAGE: India's Dipika Pallikal

Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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