Joshana Chinappa’s high-flying run at the Carrol Weymuller Open came to a vicious end in the semi-finals. The Indian faced wildcard entrant Joelle King of New Zealand, who proved to be too strong for Chinappa to handle. King won the match 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 and 11-8 to reach the finals.
Over in a flash
That is exactly what happened in the first set between Joshana Chinappa and Joelle King. The Kiwi managed to keep the game short and her shots at the right places to trouble India’s no. 2. Having lost the first game, Chinappa made a strong comeback in the second winning 9-11.
Chinappa enjoyed a fantastic run up to the semis, and she couldn’t give the game away without a fight. The world no. 20 started strongly in the third set taking the game equally at 4 each. However, a sudden spark from the former world no. 4 left the Indian hanging as King recorded seven consecutive points in a jiffy.
Joshana Chinappa failed to maintain momentum
Entering the must-win fourth set, Chinappa again started well, but the Kiwi managed to take a quick advantage to help set a strong lead. The Indian made one final effort at 5-9 down and took three points on the trot.
However, she failed to keep up the momentum, losing the next two points and the semi final match.