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India in maiden quarterfinal of Women’s World Team Squash

Nimes, France, Nov 15 (): India has created history on Wednesday by entering the first quarter-final match in WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship after upsetting the eighth seeded Netherlands by 2-1 victory, at Nimes, France.

India, seeded at 10th position, had defeated the higher ranked Argentina and Ireland in the pool stage to qualify for the knock-out pre-quarter-final round and they went ahead by upstaging the Dutch.

In 2002, India had completed 18th place in their first appearance and 11th place last year. This year’s event is the third time India has participated, the event has been running since 1979.

On Tuesday, against Argentina, Anaka Alankamony defeated Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 and led the way for India to quarter finals.

It was given out to Joshna Chinappa to show the top finish in the pool was no coincidence and she defeated Orla Noom by 5-11, 11-9, 8-1, 11-2, 11-3 in a very tense determining game. Joshna convincingly acquired the final two games to guarantee India make a historic entry into the elite group of eight.

Cyrus Poncha, India’s national coach said that it was a huge achievement, when asked on the impact of the following success in the event so far. He said their aim yesterday was to make it to the top position in their pool and to enter quarter-finals was their goal. Beating Ireland gave them a lot of confidence definitely to them and they hoped to have great performance against the Dutch the next day.

Last year, men finished in the top eight in the men’s World Team Championship. So if we can make the top eight this year, it will be a huge achievement and another significant step forward for Indian squash.

The event claims of record entry of 26 nations and is being staged at the same time at both eight—court Club des Costieres and La Parnasse Arena where, for the first time ever, action is taking place on three all—glass show courts.

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