India blanked 0-3 by France in women's world squash team championship

Niagara Falls: Sans their top squash player Dipika Pallikal, India's struggle continued as they were blanked 0-3 by France for their second straight defeat in the ongoing WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship here.

On the other hand, France claimed their second 3-0 win in two days by seeing off India in Pool D. Coline Aumard defeated Anaka Alankamony 11-4 11-6 11-5 in 27 minutes to give France a solid start.

Squash star Dipika Pallikal
India records their second straight defeat in the ongoing WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship without squash star Dipika Pallikal. File Pic

Camille Serme then got the better of India's best hope Joshana Chinappa 11-3 11-4 11-7 in 28 minutes, ensuring France's firm hold over the contest. Cyrielle Peltier saw off the challenge of Sachika Ingale 11-8 11-7 11-7 in 27 minutes to complete the task for her country. India were earlier outplayed by Hong Kong 0-3 in their their opening match of the tournament.

Seeded five, France are now expected to record their best-ever finish in 15 appearances in the event since 1987. "Today was a good day for us - India are strong, even without their number one Dipika," said French team coach Philippe Signoret.

"Joshana can beat the best in the world. Anaka doesn't play much on the WSA Tour, but we knew she was strong," headded. Meanwhile, a packed all-glass showcourt at White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa saw USA triumph over North American rivals and hosts Canada 3-0 in a crucial qualifying tie.

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