Joshana Chinappa falters at British Open squash championships

World No 1 and defending champion Nicol David outclassed India’s Joshana Chinappa in the first round of the Allam British Open Squash Championships here yesterday.

The Malaysian squash great took 30 minutes to get past her 26th ranked opponent 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 at the KC Stadium. Joshana, the five-time Indian champion, had qualified for the main draw.

Joshana Chinappa (left) plays a shot against Nicol David in their mixed doubles quarter-final match during the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Pic/AFP

This may have been an advantage as Chinappa was comfortable with the warm, fast conditions and able to push David to some fine long rallies, though she was not consistent enough to avoid an occasional sprinkling of high-speed mistakes which was the difference between the players.

“I tried not to give her time to play her game because she can be dangerous,” said David. “And I’m really pleased with the way I did that. Especially this last year I do more with the ball. Of course it’s difficult to do that all the time, but I knew I had to work her and not let her game flow.” With the win, David kept alive her bid to win the British Open for a fifth time.

In the men’s event, World No 19 Saurav Ghosal takes on fourth seed Gregory Gaultier of France in the pre-quarterfinals today. The Indian had defeated England’s Jonathan Kemp in the opening round on Monday.

The British Open is the world’s oldest tournament which makes a return to Yorkshire after almost 40 years.

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