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CWG 2022: Squash star Joshna Chinappa cruises into quarterfinals over New Zealands’ Kaitlyn Watts

Chinappa won the fourth set 11-6 to enter the quarterfinals.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 1 August 2022 10:44 am

Joshana Chinappa wins against New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts in her round of 16 fixtures to enter the quarterfinals. Chinappa took game 1 with an 11-8 margin despite the Indian squash star being 7-0 down and fought back to win the opening game of the fixture.

In the second game, Watts got off to a confident 6-4 start and won the fixture 11-9. The 16-time national champion blew past Kaitlyn Watts with an incredible 11-4 victory in the third game. She started off well in the fourth game but Watt soon retaliated and drew the score at 6-6 but Chinappa pushed through to register an 11-6 win.

Joshana Chinappa has been one of the best squash players to ever represent India at the highest level. She has illustrious C.V. with accolades like her singles and doubles medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games. But she still doesn’t have a CWG gold medal in her resume and before the start of this tournament was adamant about winning one.

Chinappa talked about how India will be bringing in a dominant squad, especially in the doubles category but still wants to push for the singles medal. She said, “This is one of the best Indian teams. Saurav Ghosal and myself have been playing on the pro tours for a number of years. We are still in the top 20 in the world. We (India) definitely have a great chance of winning a medal in doubles. This time, we are also trying to push for a medal in singles as well.”

The 35-year-old also addressed the new addition to their squad in Gregory Gaultier who is one of the trainers for India’s Birmingham endeavour. She said, “First of all, it is great to have someone of the calibre of Greg (Gregory Gaultier) here. He is a former world champion. He is a former world No.1. He still plays at an unbelievably high level. He is one of the best trainers we have got in a very long time. His expertise and knowledge will definitely boost us. Sebastian (Bonmalais) plays on the pro tour. It is nice to have fresh inputs and fresh minds. “

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