Dipika steals show: upsets Christina to sail into semis

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Chennai, July 4 (UNI) India's rising star, Tamil Nadu's Dipika Pallikal pulled off a major upset playing flawless game to dispose off top seeded Christina Mak of Hong Kong in straight games 9-7, 9-5, 9-3 to set up a semi-final clash against third seed Orla Noom of the Netherlands in the ICL Chennai Open PSA and WISPA Squash championship here today.

Deepika, ranked 58 in WISPA rankings, proved that she is made of sterner stuff not allowing Mak to get back into to the contest.

In another quarter final match, the top Indian woman player Joshna Chinappa, ranked 36, outplayed Birgit Coufal 9-2, 9-6, 9-2.

In other matches, Noom had to pull off her best from two games down to beat a fighting Anwesha Reddy of India for whom it was her first career quarter final outing in any major event,3-9, 8-10, 9-5, 9-1, 9-2, while Au had an easy time against Haritha Omprakash, who is playing in an WISPA event for the first time, 9-2, 9-0, 9-1.

In the men's section, second seeded Ritwik Bhattacharya with a PSA ranking of 58, shook off a poor start to beat Harinderpal Singh Sandhu who stole the limelight in the first rond accounting for a higher ranked Pakistani player. Ritwik won 11-8, 13-11, 11-8.

Top seed Saurav Ghosal (ranked 53) sailed to the semi finals without much difficulty beating Rob Sutherland of Wales 11-8, 15-3, 11-5.

Saurav will play Ryan Cuskelly of Australia, while Ritwick will take on Egypt's Mohd. Ali Anwara Reda in the semi finals tomorrow.

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