World number 31, Joshna Chinappa beat higher seeded Rebeca Chiu of Hong Kong 3-1 to help India top Group-B with a clean slate and set up a clash against Korea in the semifinal of the team events of the Asian Squash Championship in progress in Chennai.
Chinappa thus avenged her loss to Chiu in the individual event a few days ago. She won 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 in 25 minutes.
Chinappa was at her best on Thursday and able to play her shots much deeper. She was deceptive in her shots close to the front wall. Chinappa also succeeded in her retrievals and some of her ‘picks’ were unbelievable. Chiu, on her part, was under tremendous pressure after trailing 0-2.
Dipika Pallikal then defeated Annie Au 11-6, 11-4,11-8 in 33 minutes. Anaka Alakamony fought gallantly before going down to higher ranked Joey Chan at 11-3, 6-11,8-11, 5-11 in 35 minutes.
Indian women, who lost to Hong Kong in the last edition, have a fair chance of making the final. Korea is seeded sixth here and the hosts’ women have a better rating than their rivals.
The Indian men’s challenge, spearheaded by Saurav Ghosal, made sure of their progress to the last four. India, after defeating China 2-0 in their last league match on Thursday, beat a fighting Korea with an identical margin in the quarterfinal.
Ghosal contained the challenge of Korea’s top player, Max Lee 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 in 35 minutes.