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Joshna Chinappa in quarters; Harinder, Mahesh crash out of Oz Open

Melbourne: India's Joshna Chinappa continued her good form and reached the quarterfinal in the women's competition but it was curtains for her male compatriots Harinder Singh and Mahesh Mangaonkar at the Australian Open Squash tournament, here yesterday.

Joshna Chinappa. Pic/AFP
Joshna Chinappa. Pic/AFP 

Despite losing the first game, Joshna, seeded sixth hardly broke her sweat to get the better of 12th seed Megan Craig of New Zealand 5-11 11-6 11-6 11-8.

But a tough test awaits Joshna in her next next match as she takes on top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.

However, it turned out to be a disappointing day for India in the men's section as both Harinder and Mahesh failed to get past the second round hurdle but not before giving tough fights to their respective opponents.

While sixth seeded Mahesh lost to Steve Finitsis of Australia 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11, Harinder was shown the door by Malaysian Nafizwan Adnan 4-11, 11-7, 4-11, 15-13, 9-11.

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