Asian Individual Squash Championship: Saurav, Joshna storm into final

While Joshna defeated sixth seed Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia 11-7, 12-10, 11-3, Ghosal ousted the seventh seed Eain Yow Ng of Malaysia 11-2, 11-6, 11-4.

Joshna Chinappa defeated sixth seed Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia and Saurav Ghosal ousted the seventh seed Eain Yow Ng of Malaysia to book their berths in the final of the Asian Individual Squash Championship on Saturday. (FILE IMAGE)   -  Special Arrangement

Men's top seed Saurav Ghosal and reigning champion and women's second seed Joshna Chinappa moved into the final with convincing semi-final victories in the Asian Individual Squash Championship on Saturday.

While Joshna defeated sixth seed Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia 11-7, 12-10, 11-3, Ghosal ousted the seventh seed Eain Yow Ng of Malaysia 11-2, 11-6, 11-4.

Joshna's coach Harinder Pal Sandhu said she could not have made a better start to a match, running away with an early lead against sixth seed Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia.

There was focus and determination in the Indian to start with and even though Sivasangari caught up in the second game and forced her to parity at 10 points, Joshna did not lose control.

READ: AITA sleeps over TOPS funding for singles players; Bopanna, Sharan too could face axe

The third game saw the Indian at her relentless best as she ran away with a comfortable win for a confident entry into the title round where she faces the top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.

Ghosal, the previous edition's finalist was pitted against the 2016 world junior champion, Eain, but on court it was the Indian who held the whip hand as he showed his ability to produce accurate returns against his opponent's repeated failures.

Both enjoyed rallies and there were many played at fierce pace but Ghosal's touch was there and that ensured most of them finished in his favour.

Considering the intensity of the contest, it was a fine effort by Ghosal in finishing the match in 32 minutes to get ready to meet Leo Au Chun Ming, the fourth seed from Hong Kong in the final on Sunday.