India's Joshna Chinappa managed to scrape past U.S.'s Haley Mendez in a tough first-round contest at the PSA Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday.
Joshna, seeded 12, needed five games to defeat her unseeded opponent. She won 9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6.
Joshna admitted she was nervous at the start of the contest. With Haley playing well, the situation became difficult. However, Joshna showed her fighting qualities to bounce back and play steadily towards the end to make it a simple finish.
Sunayna bows out
Her compatriot Sunayna Kuruvilla, however, bowed out in the first round. She went down 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 to Belgium's Nele Gilis.
For men, the Egyptian Open is being held concurrently. All eyes will be on Vikram Malhotra and Saurav Ghosal. Ghosal has a bye into the second round.
India's Ramit Tandon went down in the opening round to Leo Au of Hong Kong. Leo won 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.