Meadowood Pharmacy Open, Canada (29 Jan – 3 Feb’13)

Dipika Pallikal won her sixth WSA title of her career after outplaying Joey Chan of Hong Kong in straight games in the final of the Meadowood Pharmacy Open a $15,000 event in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. Dipika the Champ - Meadowood PharmacyWord number 15 and top seed Pallikal defeated her second seeded opponent 11-9, 11-7, 11-4.

Before entering the final, the 21-year-old Indian overcame a tough challenge from British fourth seed Sarah-Jane Perry 11-8, 6-11, 16-14, 11-3 in the semi-final. She also beat qualifier Laura Pomportes and seventh seed Amanda Landers-Murphy in straight games, en route to the final.

After losing the tight first game, world No. 19 Chan altered her approach as she opted to attack more. The tactical switch worked well in the opening stage of the game, before Pallikal adjusted her play to combat her opponent, who is world number 19.

Some timely winners extended the top seed’s lead to two games and a continuation of the form saw her run to a 6-0 lead in the third game. Chan was unable to combat the increased pressure from the Indian and was only able to scrape back a few points before Pallikal closed out the contest to win her 6th WSA title.

Final:

[1] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [2] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-4

Semi-finals:

[1] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-8, 6-11, 16-14, 11-3

Quarter-finals:

[1] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [7] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7

1st round:

[1] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-9

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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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