Women’s World Open 2009

In one of the standout matches of the day on the three-sided-glass-walled show court at the Frans Otten Stadion, Joshna Chinappa beat Egypt’s world junior champion Nour El Sherbini to become the first Indian to reach the main draw in the 30-year history of the World Open.
By Howard Harding
The 23-year-old from Chennai took on the event’s most-talked-about star – El Sherbini, the 13-year-old giant-killer who was one step away from becoming the youngest ever player to make the first round.
Belying her tender age, the Egyptian twice led in the match – and saved two match-balls in the fifth game decider before Chinappa’s supremacy shone through as the world No35 claimed her historic 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 44 minutes.
“I wanted to end it quickly as I tend to get a little shaky when I’m at match ball like I was, at 10-6,” said Chinappa afterwards.
“It’s a good feeling to be India’s first player in the World Open – especially as I got so close last year and missed out.
“Nour was one of the really good qualifiers in my section – she’s a good player and I was on my guard:  I had to play well.
“To make the main draw is really great – but I don’t want to rest here, I want to go further.  I’m not really fully satisfied.”

By Howard Harding

In one of the standout matches of the day on the three-sided-glass-walled show court at the Frans Otten Stadion, Joshna Chinappa beat Egypt’s world junior champion Nour El Sherbini to become the first Indian to reach the main draw in the 30-year history of the World Open.  

The 23-year-old from Chennai took on the event’s most-talked-about star – El Sherbini, the 13-year-old giant-killer who was one step away from becoming the youngest ever player to make the first round.

Belying her tender age, the Egyptian twice led in the match – and saved two match-balls in the fifth game decider before Chinappa’s supremacy shone through as the world No35 claimed her historic 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 44 minutes.

“I wanted to end it quickly as I tend to get a little shaky when I’m at match ball like I was, at 10-6,” said Chinappa afterwards.

“It’s a good feeling to be India’s first player in the World Open – especially as I got so close last year and missed out.

“Nour was one of the really good qualifiers in my section – she’s a good player and I was on my guard:  I had to play well.

“To make the main draw is really great – but I don’t want to rest here, I want to go further.  I’m not really fully satisfied.”

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About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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