Joshna’s run comes to an end

The former World No. 4 from India could not withstand the storm that Joelle King of New Zealand proved to be.

Joshna Chinappa... running out of steam in the semi-finals.   -  S. GOPAKUMAR

Joshana Chinappa’s giant-killing run ended when wild card Joelle King of New Zealand beat her in the semi-finals of the $50,000 Carol Weymuller Open here.

Joshana, who reached the last four after also playing the qualifying the rounds, ran out of steam to go down 4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 8-11 on Sunday night.

After the fine touch she showed earlier, the Indian could not withstand the storm that Joelle proved to be. On a comeback after an Achilles injury had forced her off the circuit for a while, the former World No. 4 four showed she had not lost much in her sharpness.

The accurate returns with early pick-ups kept Joshana away to the back. Though the Indian fought back with her prowess up front, to grab the second game, Joelle never showed any signs of tiredness or weakness on her legs as she went about business-like giving little leeway to finish off the match 3-1.