Chinappa Storm To Windy City Success (4-7 Feb ’10)

India’s Joshna Chinappa won the Brit Insurance Metrosquash Windy City Squash Open at the University Club of Chicago in Chicago, USA.

The women’s WISPA World Tour 8 event reached an all-Indian climax between fourth seed Joshna Chinappa and the 19-year-old No2 seed Dipika Pallikal, both from Chennai.

Chinappa notched up her 11th Tour final appearance after upsetting Ireland’s top seed Aisling Blake in a five-game semi-final.  Pallikal earned her anticipated place in the final after beating Latasha Khan, but the third seed was forced to retire early in the fifth game with an injury.

In the final, Chinappa survived her third successive five-game encounter, beating her younger compatriot 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-6 to win the fifth WISPA title of her career.

The Results:

Women’s 1st round:

[[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX) 11-3, 11-7, 11-5

[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Heather Johnston (USA) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2

Quarter-finals:

[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [8] Stephanie Edmison (CAN) 11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9

[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [7] Ivonne Diaz (MEX) 11-4, 11-1, 11-1

Semi-finals:

[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [1] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6

[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [3] Latasha Khan (USA) 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 2-0 ret.

Final:

[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-6

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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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