Macau Open: Joshna in semis, Ghosal ousted

The Indians had mixed fortunes at the Macau Open on Friday as Johsna Chinappa advanced to the semifinal, while Saurav Ghosal was ousted in the quarterfinal stage.

Joshna Chinappa advanced to the semifinal of the Macau Open with a 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 win over Mayar Hany on Friday. (File Image)   -  PTI

Third seed Joshna Chinappa advanced into the semifinal of the Macau Open after registering a 11-8, 11-2, 11-9 win over fifth seed Mayar Hany of Egypt on Friday.

After a bye in the first round, Joshna had a fairly easy outing in her second round clash against New Zealand's Amanda Landers-Murphy, which she won 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Knowing the Kiwi's penchant for the volleys, Joshna ensured her rival was not given much of that privilege and the ploy worked.

She followed it with a straight sets win over Egypt's Mayar to advance to the last-four.

- Ghosal ousted -

While Joshna advanced, second seed Saurav Ghosal suffered an unexpected exit in the men's section with sixth seed Greg Lobban of Scotland chalking out a 6-11, 11-811-5, 11-8 win for a last four place.

Earlier, Ghosal had an energy-sapping second round match on Thursday, after a bye in the first when his compatriot Mahesh Mangaonkar nearly had him on the floor. The tie went right down to the wire and Ghosal triumphed 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9 in a match that lasted 77 minutes, the longest in this round.

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