Nov 15, 2008

Sports - India;Squash;Joshna Chinappa makes history

Chennai: Joshna Chinappa became the first Indian woman to claim a WISPA title, when she defeated Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 in the final of the NSC Super Satellite (No.3) squash tournament at the National Squash Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on Friday.

Joshna, who’s been training at the ICL Academy and at England, contested her third final of the season. The 22-year-old had earlier made it to the summit clashes in the tournaments at Vietnam and China.

Her first-ever final appearance was at Hong Kong, as a 19-year-old.

“Joshna has been extremely sharp and focussed, and was in devastating form in the final. She had made it to finals before but couldn’t close it out, which is something she has worked on. This win should help her significantly move up the rankings,” said her father Anjan Chinappa.

The 37th ranked Joshna, seeded third in the tournament, upset top seed Sharon Wee in the semifinals before her dominating performance in the final. Joshna will participate in the NSC Super Satellite (No.4) event in Malaysia from Monday, where she’s been given the top billing.

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