Anwesha makes it to her first quarter finals, easy for Indians

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Chennai, July 3 (UNI) Local girl Anwesha Reddy reached her first career quarter final in the US Dollar 8000 ICL Chennai Open PSA and WISPA Squash championship at the ICL Academy here today.

In her first round match, Anwesha defeated Russian Irian Assal in four games 9-4, 9-4,3-9, 9-1.

However, it was easy outings for other Indians with second seeded Joshna Chinappa and Asian Junior runner-up Dipika Pallikal who came through their first round matches with ease to enter the last eight stage.

Down 1-4 in the first, Anwesha started playing aggressively and used her back hand cross court flick to great effect to take a 2-0 lead.

Unforced errors saw Anwesha drop the third game 3-9. But she came back strongly to knot up the match in the fourth and confirm her berth in the quarters.

In the men's PSA event, another ICL academy trainee Harinderpal Singh ranked 143, who came through the qualifying rounds, lowered the colours of sixth seeded Shamshul Islam Khan of Pakistan in a thirlling four game contest.

Harinder's retrieving was exceptional and troubled Shamshul with his drops. In the fourth game tie-break Harinder hit a forehand drive into the nick and won the final point with a fore hand cross court volley also into the nick.

It was a stroll in the park for the top two Indian seeds Saurav Ghosal and Ritwick Bhattacharya as they stormed into the quarter finals with straight game wins.

Results : First round: PSA event: (Men): Saurav Ghosal bt Naresh Kumar 11-5,11-7,13-11 Rob Sutherland (Wales) bt Graeme Wilson (NZL) 11-4,11-6,11-4 Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) bt Zac Alexander 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 Dick Lau (HK) bt Parth Sharma 11-7, 11-7,11-7 Max Lee bt Gaurav Nandrajog 12-14, 11-8, 11-1, 12-10 Mohd Ali Reda bt James Snell 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 Harinderpal Sandhu bt Shamshul Islam Khan 12-10, 9-11, 11-1, 13-11 Ritwik Bhattacharya bt Ravi Dixit 12-10, 11-9,1 11-1 Women: WISPA event: Christine Mak (HKG) bt Shriya Khatri 9-2, 9-3, 9-2, Dipika Pallikal bt Swati Muchal 9-0, 9-2, 9-0, Orla Noom (Neth) bt Saumya Karki 9-1,7-9,9-3,9-1, Anwesha Reddy bt Irian Assal 9-4, 9-4, 3-9, 9-1, Harita Om Prakash bt Surbhi Misra 10-8, 9-5, 9-2, Annie Au (HKG) bt Anaka Alankamony 9-4,9-0,9-2, Birgit Coufal bt Sachika Balvani 9-4, 9-4, 9-3, Joshna Chinappa bt Aparajitha Balamurukan 9-2, 9-1, 9-0.

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