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Friday 31 Aug 2018 03.01 PM

Joshna stuns 8-time world champ Nicol David, takes India into Asiad final

Asiad final

Joshna Chinappa upstaged eight-time world champion Nicol David as the Indian women’s squash team outplayed defending champions Malaysia 2-0 to enter its second successive Asian Games final, here today. The Indian team, comprising Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna, is assured of at least a silver now and is likely to face Hong Kong in the final. Chinappa, the world number 16, had a point to prove after a crushing loss against familiar foe Annie Au in the final pool match against Hong Kong yesterday.

India lost the tie 1-2 and finished behind Hong Kong, resulting in a tougher opponent in Malaysia, the most dominant team in the Games’ history The 31-year-old was livid with herself and even cried after the loss 24 hours ago. But then Chinappa calmed herself down, slept over it and was a different player against David, a legend of the game and also a five-time Asiad singles gold medallist. The fact that the India had beaten the Malaysian on the PSA tour in April also put her in a positive frame of mind.

The match went down to the wire and was full of long gruelling rallies. Chinappa had a match ball on 10-9 in the fourth game but David fought back to take the next three points, levelling the opening singles at 2-2. The crowd support too was heavily in favour of Malaysia but not enough to distract the gritty Indian. This time she converted the match ball on 10-9 to complete the biggest win of her Asian Games career. “I was very upset yesterday as you must have seen. I did not play the way I was supposed to play. Spoke to my parents and coach and that helped. Today, I just wanted to be myself. Nicol is such a champion. She always plays a fair game and today was no different. Really happy to have come through,” said Chinappa after a 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9 victory. PTI

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