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Joshna Chinappa fights her way to final in qualifiers

other Updated: Jan 22, 2009 08:41 IST

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India's highest ranked squash player Joshna Chinappa has made the final qualifying of the main draw in the $ 25,9000 Harrow Greenwich Open when she came from behind to get the better of a fighting Alexandra Norman of England 3-2 in Connecticut last night.

The fifth seeded Indian, ranked 37 in the WISPA, takes on third seed, aisling Blake (32 ranked) of Ireland in the final qualifying to be held later tonight. The main draw of 16 for the tournament has a strong field, headed by world number 2, Natalie Grinham of Netherlands, the top seed and second seeded Omeneya Abdel Kawy (7th).

Blake had defeated Larissa Stehenson of New Zealand 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2, while top seed in qualifying, Latasha Khan (USA) won her match without much ado over Tara Mullins of Canada 11-2, 11-7, 11-6.

Chinappa, seeded fifth in the qualifying event, had to exert every sinew against 68th ranked Norman before winning at 8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 19-21, 11-6 in 64 minutes.

Despite her late charge in the first game, Chinappa made amends for her errors in the next two, but Norman started matching her for points. In the fourth game, Chinappa, who was leading by a small margin, lost concentration but came up well and used the side walls to win crunch points.