Joshna Chinappa pulled off a sensational win against Egyptian Salma Hany to sneak into the semifinals of the USD 50,000 Carol Weymuller Open squash tournament in New York. (Joshna Chinappa Emerges National Squash Champion)Â Â Â Â
Joshna, who had to qualify to enter the main draw, won the fierce battle 11-9 8-11 5-11 11-8 11-9 in the quarterfinal played yesterday.Â Â Â Â
The World No.20 from India next faces Joell King of New Zealand in the semifinals. Joelle beat Sarah-Jane Perry in straight games. Joshna had to dig really deep against 31st-ranked Salma, who had earlier sent out the second seeded Laura Massaro of England.Â Â Â Â
Salma had led 7-4 right in the first game before Joshna woke up to find her lengths and repeatedly getting the Egyptian off the T to win points.Â Â Â Â
But Salma was not to be pushed down as she came strongly to win the next two games with some accurate shot-making where the Indian came up with a few unforced errors.Â The intensity reached a crescendo in the fourth game which Salma in her enthusiasm to close up even went for a dive and hurt herself.Â Â Â Â
Joshna kept up the pressure and forced the issue to the fifth game where again points went neck and neck until at 10-9 match ball, Salma sent a forehand drive out of the court.