Qatar Open: Joshana Chinappa Upsets World #1

The first round of the Qatar Open brought some great news for the squash fans in India. Joshana Chinappa won her first round and advanced to the second, where she will face Yathreb Adel. Defeating the top-seed in the first round is a testimony to the class of the Indian and this win will act as a massive confidence boost for Joshana.

Joshana Chinappa

Joshana Chinappa

Joshana Chinappa defeats Raneem El Welily

The Egyptian top-seed faced an unusual outcome in her opening round match at the Qatar Open. Paired against India’s Joshana, the Egyptian would have expected an easy win. But the Indian took advantage of the situation and stunned the top-seed thereby also progressing to the second round.

Raneem had a tough time in the first set, ending up losing 11-9. And Joshana capitalized on that momentum to ensure an even stronger presence in the court during the second game, which she comfortably won 11-6. The third game was crucial for the survival of Raneem and the top seed made no mistakes in taking the game quickly, thereby setting the stage for a comeback.

However, Joshana took the pressure well and bounced back to win the hard-fought fourth game. 11-9. Thus winning the first round 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9.

In other matches, fellow Indian squash star and compatriot, Dipika Pallikal lost to Egyptian Yathreb Adel. However Saurav Ghosal and Joshana are still alive in this tournament and one hopes to see the duo bring more joy to the nation.  After all this rousing win by Joshana , the hopes of the Indian squash fans will be high.

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