Joshna Chinappa bags 2nd successive SAF Gold
Joshna Chinappa won her second successive SAF Games individual Gold by beating compatriot Dipika Pallikal in a lop-sided final at the Gymkhana Club on Monday.india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 21:01 IST
There was no twist in the tale in the summit clash featuring the top two squash players as top ranked Joshna Chinappa won her second successive SAF Games individual Gold by beating compatriot Dipika Pallikal in a lop-sided final at the Gymkhana Club on Monday.
Experience made all the difference as Joshna overcame Dipika's initial onslaught to win the tie 9-6, 9-6, 9-1. Dipika, on her part, had to be satisfied with the Silver.
The first game was a close affair with 14-year-old Dipika leading 6-4 before Joshna clawed her way back to leave Dipika stranded before walking away with the game.
Dipika looked jaded after conceding the game and Joshna raced to a 5-0 lead in the second game before her younger rival made it 4-6.
Joshna then unleashed couple of awesome crosscourt drop shots that caught Dipika on the wrong foot and sealed the fate of the game.
The third game was a one-sided affair with Dipika throwing in the towel. Her inexperience came to the fore and Dipika was grumbling and shouting without any tangible provocation.
Joshna was leading 7-0 before dropping the first point but took little time to wrap up the match and book the Gold with this straight game win.
"To be honest, I took it a bit casually in the first game but Dipika also fought well. Things fell in place soon in the second game. I think I just went with the flow of the game. I didn't do anything spectacular but played good enough to win the Gold," Joshna told UNI before going for the mandatory dope test.
"I was trailing 4-6 in the first game and then I realised I had to fight back and get my service back. Fortunately, it happened the way I liked," she said.
On winning her second successive SAF Gold, Joshna said she was happy but her main target was this year's Asian Games.
"I mean I'm happy to represent the country here and win this medal. But the real test will be the Asian Games. The depth of the competition would make it a challenging task for me. World's top squash player would be in the fray and I want to do well there.
"As of now, I'll be trying my best to help the country win the team Gold too and complete a personal double here," she added.
In the men's section, the Indian duo of N Gaurav and Harinder Gupta had lost their semifinal matches on Sunday.
First Published: Aug 21, 2006 21:01 IST