India's top player Joshna Chinappa went down fighting against second seed Camille Serme of France in the quarterfinal of the Women's world squash championship at El Gouna, Egypt.
Chinappa lost 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 3-11 to Camille in a 70-minute marathon tussle on Wednesday.
Fortunes changed hands but a fighting Joshna kept herself in contention before narrowly going down to her experienced rival.
Camille hit several winners to unsettle Joshna early but the Indian fought back each time and withstood the aggression to take the match to the decider.
"Never have I seen Joshna playing at such high level,” said the French player after the win.
PSA World Tour: Chennai lad Velavan in maiden final
Chennai lad Velavan Senthilkumar continued his fine run to reach his maiden PSA World Tour event final at the Parkview Open in Johannesburg.
However, his compatriot Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, seeded two, crashed out, losing 8-11, 6-11, 5-11 in the semi-final to Mohammed Elsherbini of Egypt on Wednesday.
Velavan, who caused a huge upset, beating No.1 seed Aqeel Rehman of Austria 11-3, 11-1, 11-5 in the quarter-finals, got the better of third-seed Mark Fuller of England 12-10, 11-7,
11-9 in 46 minutes to reach the summit clash.
Qualifier Velavan, who won the British Junior Open earlier this year, edged the Englishman in the close opening game before taking control of proceedings.