Joshna storms into Hong Kong final

The third seeded Indian beats top seed Annie Au in a gruelling five-game match 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9.

India’s Joshna Chinappa stunned top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong to storm into the final of the HKFC International   -  R. Ragu

Indian national champion Joshna Chinappa shocked top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong to storm into the final of the HKFC International, a PSA world tour event at Hong Kong on Friday.

Joshna, seeded third, who had a tough quarterfinal match against the 8th seed Liu Tsz-Ling, also of Hong Kong on Thursday, shed aside her diffidence in wearing down the highly rated opponent. Au is ranked 10th in theWorld, two rungs above Joshna. The 71 minute match ended 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 in Joshna's favour and in the process the Indian had done a repeat performance of the same event last year by not only moving into the final but beating the same opponent! On that occasion too the match had gone the full distance of five games.

Joshna now awaits the winner of fourth seed Tesni Evans (Wales) and second seed Nour El Tayeb (Egypt) for the title match on Saturday.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.