It was a day of disappointments for India at the WSF-World doubles squash championship in Manchester as Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik went down to home favourites Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters in the doubles semi-final after an 11-6, 6-11, 8-11. loss.
The English duo won 6-11, 11-6, 11-8. After winning the first game, the Indian pair, the second seed looked good to do more. But the brief interval before the second game commenced proved a big game-changer for the host pair. Both Jenny and Alison tightened their defence and varied the strokes to catch the Indians on the wrong foot mostly in the forecourt. The Indians though matched in the rallies failed to make progress and went down fighting till the last.
The loss notwithstanding Joshna and Dipika, as the semi-final loser, get the bronze medal.
Joshna and Dipika had earlier come back from a game down to beat the lower seeded Canadians Samantha Cornett and Nikole Todd 10-11, 11-6, 11-8 last night and that ensured that India will return with one medal
However, the happy tidings remained limited when things began to turn awry today with the pairs Saurav Ghosal/ Dipika and Vikram Malhotra/ Joshna Chinappa crashing out one after the other in the two quarterfinals held concurrently on the
Similar was the fate of Joshna and Vikram against the Australians David Palmer and Rachael Grinham. The Indians bagged the first game and gave