WSF World Doubles: Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal register easy wins

Dipika Palikal Joshna Chinappa
Chinappa and Pallikal are gold medal winners from the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Modified 16 Aug 2016

Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning women’s doubles duo of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal helped India get off to a great start at the WSF World International Doubles at Marrara, Darwin in Australia on Monday. The duo, who have been given top seeding, won both their group matches to register a flawless 2-0 score in Pool A.

The two Indian girls first beat the Malaysian No. 1 pair of Delia and Rachel Arnold, 11-7, 11-10 in just 20 minutes. They then followed it up with an 11-8, 11-8 win over the Australian No. 2 team of Sarah Cardwell and Christine Nunn.

With two victories, the Indians now lead Pool A, which consists of a total of four teams.

Success in mixed doubles too

In mixed doubles too, India had great success on the first day of the championships. Second seeds and India No. 1 pair of Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal thrashed the Malaysian No. 1 team of Rachel Arnold and Mohammad Syafiq Kamal, 11-7, 11-4. Their second outing was slightly tougher but they still managed to register an 11-8, 5-11, 11-5 victory over the Wales No. 1 combine of Peter Creed and Tesni Evans.

The India No. 2 team too won their Group A opener. Chinappa and Harinderpal Sandhu, who are seeded fifth, rebounded after their second-game loss to record an 11-9, 10-11, 11-10 win over Malaysians Delia Arnold and Sanjay Singh Chal.

While the India No. 1 team is now in second place in Pool B, the India No. 2 team lies in third place in Pool A.

However, India did not enjoy the same fortune in men’s doubles. The ninth-seeded India No. 1 pair of Sandhu and Ramit Tandon lost both their matches. Against the Australians Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley, they went down 6-11, 6-11.

It wasn’t any better against the Colombian duo of Andres Herrera and Juan Camilo Vargas as the Indians succumbed to an 11-8, 7-11, 10-11 defeat.

Published 16 Aug 2016
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