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Squash: Joshna Chinappa loses in Qatar classic quarters

Doha: Indian squash ace Joshna Chinappa crashed out of the $115,000 Qatar Classic despite putting up strong resistance against Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt in the quarter-finals here on Wednesday.

The Egyptian won 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6 in a contest which lasted for 50 minutes.

Joshna could not be at her best in the first but was impressive with some of her shots. She however, surrendered the game 8-11.

In the next game, it was a more determined Joshna, who took the Egyptian by surprise. She surged ahead to 9-5 and before Omneya could make a comeback, the Indian bagged the game 11-9.

In the third game it was a neck-to-neck affair as both refused to budge an inch. The contest was locked at 7-7 at one point of time. But then Joshna stepped on the gas to collect four consecutive points and with it the game.

But it was Omeya who made a delightful comeback in the last two games. All square at 10-10 in the penultimate game, the Egyptian clinched the final two points to win it 12-10.

Omeya continued with her new found momentum in the last game where she beat the Indian comfortably by a 11-6 margin.

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