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Joshna Chinappa goes down to Orla Noom

other Updated: Oct 10, 2009 21:02 IST

A listless Joshna Chinappa succumbed to lower ranked Dutch Orla Noom in straight games in the final of the Wispa Challenger No 2 at the Indian Squash Academy court in Chennai on Saturday.

Chinappa lost 8-11, 4-11, 10-12 in 35 minutes.

Later, the PSA Challenger No.4 final also turned out to be an upset with world number 94 Ivan Yuen of Malaysia beating Mark Kracsak (42nd) of Hungary 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 in 45 minutes to win his first PSA title.

Yuen, who had claimed his Asian Junior title at the same venue on August 1 this year, ran away with the first two games without much ado.

Yuen displayed variety in his game coming up with delectable drop shots and volleys, besides carrying stronger forehand drives.

In the third, Kracsak managed to lead 7-2 but Yuen steadily scored to bridge the gap and caught up at 8-7.

Kracsak then yielded a stroke point and then seemed to be upset on some referee's calls. After that, Kracsak was unable to come back into the game.

In the women's final, Chinappa was brilliant at times, especially in the third game but tended to be casual often.

Nursing hopes of winning a WISPA title at home, her fourth in three years and thereby create history to be the first Indian to do so at home soil, Chinappa failed to live up to her status of world ranked 33.