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Indian Duo Set Up Surprise Granite Semi


RESULTS: Women's Granite Open, Toronto, Canada

[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)
[4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5 (45m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11 (75m)
[7] Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt [2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)

Indian Duo Set Up Surprise Granite Semi

Indian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the semi-finals of the Women's Granite Open in Canada when the country's top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa meet for a place in the final of the WSA International 25 event marking its fourth year at the Granite Club in Toronto.

Seventh seed Chinappa produced the unexpected clash after upsetting second-seeded Australian Rachael Grinham 11-1, 11-8, 11-6 in 23 minutes.

The former world number one and world champion from Queensland was taken to five games in the opening round - just hours after landing in Toronto after a flight from Australia - and was clearly now feeling the effects.

"Playing Rachael is always hard," said Chinappa, the world No.21 from Chennai. "I felt that she didn't play her usual game today. I am quite glad to have won in three."

Chinappa (pictured above being advised between games by South African number one Siyoli Waters) will now do battle with compatriot Pallikal - with whom she made history last year by winning India's first squash gold medal in theCommonwealth Games with a sensational and unexpected triumph in the Women's Doubles in Scotland.

The third seed, also from Chennai, was fully extended by England's experienced Jenny Duncalf before beating the No.5 seed 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 13-11 in 75 minutes.

"Really happy to win," said a delighted 23-year-old Pallikal later. "Jen played really well today. I knew I had to stick in there and play the rallies out.

"When I was match ball down, I told myself to play the rallies out and stay in there for as long as it takes. And that really helped. Happy to win!"

There will be English interest in the other semi-final where newly-crowned British National champion Sarah-Jane Perrytakes on top seed Amanda Sobhy.

Perry, the fourth seed from Kenilworth, was taken to four games by Line Hansen before overcoming the unseeded Dane 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5.

"I started well but as the match went on Line found more and more shots," explained 24-year-old Perry. "She was slotting anything I left loose!

"After she took the third, I knew I had to get back in front and try and control the pace. Thankfully it worked and I'm really pleased to be through to the semis."

Sobhy, the 21-year-old world No.10 from the USA who has taken time off from her final year studies at Harvard University to defend her Granite title, beat Malaysia's Delia Arnold 11-6, 11-3, 11-8.

"Happy to win in three today against Delia," said Sobhy. "She's a strong player and put the ball away if I gave her anything loose in the middle.

"Now I play SJ tomorrow. We have never played before so it should be a good match."

Semi-final line-up:
[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [4] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[7] Joshana Chinappa (IND) v [3] Dipika Pallikal (IND)

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