Australian Open – PSA 70; WSA 50

Dipika Pallikal made history after becoming the first Indian player to

reach the semi-final of a WSA Gold event at the Hi-Tec Australian Open

in Canberra.

Having already seen off the challenge of higher seed Camille Serme in

round two, the 20-year-old ended the giant-killing run of Harvard

student Amanda Sobhy, who beat No.2 seed Jenny Duncalf.

In the semi final, Despite starting the tie well, Massaro struggled with the Indian’s array of attacking shots from the front of the court.  A tie-break third could have gone either way, and Pallikal again stormed back to level the match in a dominant fourth game.  The experienced Massaro came from behind in the deciding game, and six consecutive points were enough to see the Englishwoman progress to her third WSA Gold final against David.

In the PSA Siddharth Suchde lost in the first round of Australian Open a 70k PSA event and Mahesh Mangaonkar went down in the in the qualifying finals.

Hi-Tec Australian Open, Canberra, Australia

Semi-finals:

[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [11] Dipika Pallikal (IND)     11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 3-11, 11-9

Women’s Quarter-finals:

[11] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 (32m)

Women’s 2nd Round:

Dipika Pallikal bt Camille Serme  3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (43m)

Women’s 1st Round:

[11] Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt Christine Nunn (Aus) 11/5, 11/2, 11/5 (28m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) [Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 11/7, 11/7, 13/11 (35m)

Qualifying Finals:

Joshna Chinappa  bt  Megan Craig  4-12, 12-10, 11-4 (30m)

Men’s 1st Round:

1st round:

[7] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (41m)

Qualifying finals:

Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 9-11, 3-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (77m)

1st qualifying round:

Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Lance James Beddoes (NZL) 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (36m)

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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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