World doubles C'ship: Joshna and Dipika win bronze

Joshna and Dipika put up a tough fight but went down 11-6, 6-11, 8-11 to the team of Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in the semifinal.

The focus will now be on the duo as they take on the England team of Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in Friday's semifinal.   -  M. Vedhan

Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik clinched the bronze medal after putting up a tough fight to eventually lose 11-6, 6-11, 8-11 to the team of Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters, in the semifinal of the WSF-World doubles squash championship on Friday.

After winning the first game, the Indian pair, who were seeded second, lost the plot.
In the games to follow, Jenny and Alison tightened their defence and used a variety of strokes to thwart the Indians.

Earlier in the day, India was hit by a double blow when the pairs Saurav Ghosal/ Dipika and Vikram Malhotra/ Joshna Chinappa crashed out one after the other in the quarterfinals stage.

The second seeded pair of Saurav and Dipika were pitted against the top seeds Paul Coll and Joelle King, in a tightly-contested affair. While both teams secured a game each, the Indians squandered a lead to hand Coll and King a 11-7, 10-11, 11-9 victory.

Joshna and Vikram also suffered a similar fate against the Australian duo of David Palmer and Rachael Grinham. The Indian pair bagged the first game but lost the next two, despite putting up a strong fight. The final score-line read 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, in favour of Palmer and Grinham.

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