Manchester, August 5: The Commonwealth Games gold medalist and second seed duo Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal on Friday clinched a bronze medal at the WSF World Doubles Squash Championship at Manchester. Notably, Chinappa and Dipika had to settle for a bronze medal after losing to English duo of Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in the semifinals.
The English duo of Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters defeated second seeded Indian pairs by 11-6, 6-11, 8-11. After winning the first game, Dipika-Joshna looked good but the brief interval proved a big game-changer for the hosts as Jenny and Alison tightened their defence and varied the strokes to catch the Indians on the wrong foot mostly in the forecourt.
The Indians though matched in the rallies, failed to make progress and went down fighting till the last. Joshna and Dipika had earlier come back from a game down to beat the lower seeded Canadians Samantha Cornett and Nikole Todd 10-11, 11-6, 11-8 last night and that ensured that India will return with one medal at least.
On the other side, in mixed doubles, Indian pairs of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika and Vikram Malhotra and Joshna Chinappa crashed out one after the other in the two quarterfinals held concurrently on the side by side courts. After the pairs had traded a game each the Indians had edged ahead in the decider before slipping at the business end. Coll and King won by 11-7, 10-11, 11-9.
Interestingly, Joshna and Dipika had reached the women’s doubles last four stage in Manchester on Thursday night, defeating Canadians Samantha Cornett and Nikole Todd 10-11, 11-6, 11-8 and that ensured that India will return with one medal at least.