Joshna Chinappa Upsets World No. 20 To Enter Macau Open Main Draw

Joshna Chinappa in action

World No. 24 Joshna Chinappa came up with a fantastic performance to book her place in the main draw of the $50k Macau Open at the Centro de Bowling in Macau, China on Wednesday. In her final qualifying round, the 14-time Indian National Champion stunned the top seed and World No. 20 Salma Hany Ibrahim 11-9, 15-13, 11-9 in 30 minutes.

Joshna, who reached a career-best ranking of 19 in 2014, showed no signs of any fatigue after playing a marathon five-game match in her first round of qualifying on Tuesday. And that speaks volumes of her fitness. Her Egyptian opponent, Ibrahim whose career-best ranking is also 19, made it a tough contest for Chinappa but Joshna held her nerves well to clinch a spot in the main draw.

The Indian ace who won two international titles this year – the Victorian Open and NSCI Open – will battle it out with third seed Alison Waters on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Chinappa’s compatriot and World No. 17 Dipika Pallkal will also start her campaign on Thursday against the top seed Laura Massaro.

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