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Joshna, Dipika, Saurav enter Round of 16 at Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong: India's leading squash players Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa have advanced to the Round of 16 at the Hong Kong Open, a PSA World Series event.

Dipika Pallikal
Dipika Pallikal

Joshna, who is now India's highest-ranked player at 13, took 25 minutes to beat qualifier Megan Craig of New Zealand 11-8, 11-9, 11-6.

Dipika, ranked 16th, too faced little difficulty in her opener today, getting past Habiba Mohamed of Egypt 11-9, 11-2, 11-2.

Joshna faces Joelle King in the pre-quarterfinals tonight while Dipika takes on third seed Camille Serme of France.

Yesterday, World No.18 Saurav won a marathon contest against 20th-ranked Steve Coppinger, pipping the South African 9-11, 11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9. He plays top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt tonight.

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