The Indian women’s team ran out of steam in the main round of the Macau Open after a blistering display in the qualifying matches. Joshana Chinappa lost to third seed Alison Waters of England, while Dipika Pallikal lost to top seed Laura Massaro.
Joshana had a difficult qualifying draw at Macau Open
Joshana Chinappa had to go through the qualifying round to enter the main draw. In the first qualifier, Chinappa faced an uphill task. She lost the first two sets against Vanessa Chu. The early disappointment only sparked her to make a more dramatic comeback. She took the next three sets comfortably to advance at the Macau Open.
Chinappa won 5-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 and 11-7. In the final qualifying match, she was up against Egypt’s Salma Hany Ibrahim. The Indian national champion defeated the world no. 20 in straight sets 11-9, 15-13 and 11-9 in 30 minutes and took her place in the main draw.
Joshana, Dipika draw top seeds at the Macau Open
Joshana had already been through a lot to seal her qualification berth. However, her trouble to survive in the tournament received a shock as she was drawn against third seed Alison Waters. On the other hand, Dipika Pallikal drew up against top seed Laura Massaro.
Dipika, playing her first game since her wedding, failed to put up any resistance against the top seed, losing 9-11, 6-11 and 6-11. In the other match, Joshana tried her level best to take the score level after two sets. But her performance in the following sets did not seem to consist of any fight. She lost both sets 2-11 and 4-11 to hand victory over to her British counterpart.