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.