New Delhi: The Indian women squash team today created history by winning its maiden Asian title by defeating top seed Hong Kong 2-0 in the final in Kuwait. The men’s team, however, went down 0-2 against Pakistan in the summit clash in the 16th Asian Team Squash Championship.
In the women’s final, Joshna Chinnappa, ranked 71st in the world, waged a grim battle against world number 16 Joey Chan before winning 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 in 38 minutes to put India 1-0 ahead.
Dipika Pallikal, ranked 14th, then complemented the superb show by her compatriot, winning 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 against world number seven Annie Au in 32 minutes to seal the issue in India’s favour.
Results (finals): Women: Joshna Chinnappa bt Joey Chan 11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (32 min); Dipika Pallikal bt Annie Au 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (37 min).