Joshna Chinappa Pips Defending Champ, Enters Final in Hong Kong

Updated: 27 May 2016 19:36 IST

Joshna Chinappa defeated defending champion Annie Au 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 to enter the summit clash of the PSA HKFC International.

Joshna Chinappa Pips Defending Champ, Enters Final in Hong Kong
Joshna Chinappa will play in the final in Hong Kong. © AFP

Hong Kong:

India's leading squash player Joshna Chinappa carved out a close win against defending champion Annie Au to enter the final of the PSA HKFC International in Hong Kong on Friday.

Joshna, the lone Indian left in the draw after the exit of teammate Dipika Pallikal, won the crucial points against the higher-ranked opponent from Hong Kong in the semifinal lasting an hour.

The eventual scoreline read 8-11 11-9 12-10 7-11 11-9 in favour of the Indian.

Joshna had also got the better of Annie in the recently held Asian Team Championship in Taipei.

"Every point was fought to the max, just happy to get through to my biggest ever PSA final," said the World No.13 after reaching the summit clash of the USD 25,000 event.

Joshna has so far won 11 PSA titles.

Joshna, seeded third, faces top seed Joelle King of New Zealand in the final on Saturday.

Joelle saw off the challenge from Australia's Donna Urquhart with a 11-8 10-12 11-6 11-6 victory.

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Highlights
  • Joshna will play the final in Hong Kong
  • She is the lone Indian left in the tournament
  • Joshna faces top seed Joelle King of New Zealand in the final
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