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2018 Commonwealth Games: Joshna Chinappa in quarters, Dipika Pallikal and Vikram Malhotra exit

Joshna Chinappa, the world number 14, defeated Australia’s Tamika Saxby to enter the quarterfinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games squash but Dipika Pallikal and Vikram Malhotra crashed out.

other sports Updated: Apr 06, 2018 17:41 IST
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Joshna Chinappa kept India’s medal hopes alive in the 2018 Commonwealth Games by entering the quarterfinal. (Hindustan Times)

Joshna Chinappa advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles even as compatriots Dipikal Pallikal and Vikram Malhotra crashed out of the Commonwealth Games.

Chinappa took a little less than half hour to crush Australia’s Tamika Saxby 3-0.

World No 14 Chinappa dominated proceedings from the beginning cruising past Saxby, who never looked in contention, for a 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 win.

She will now face the winner of the third round match between Sivasangari Subramaniam and Joelle King.

Meanwhile, Pallikal lost to higher-ranked Alison Waters of England 3-0. Pallikal, seeded ninth struggled against Water losing in straight games 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

Earlier, Malhotra lost to Nick Mathew of England 1-3 ending India’s men’s singles campaign. The Englishman looked in control from the beginning, wrapping up the first game in nine minutes. The Indian fought back levelling scores a game later before he was outclassed in the next two game by the higher ranked player..

Results:Women’s singles (third round)- Joshna Chinappa beat Tamika Saxby (Australia) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2; Dipika Pallikal lost to Alison Waters (England) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

Men singles: (third round) Vikram Malhotra lost to Nick Mathew (England) 6-11 11-8 6-11 6-11. PTI APA BS BS BS

First Published: Apr 06, 2018 17:29 IST