BIRMINGHAM: leader of India to crush player Saurav Ghosal progressed to the men’s singles semi-finals, but it was curtains for Joshna Chinappa as they suffered a loss to Canada Hollie Naughton in the women’s singles quarterfinals at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
Ghosal, ranked number 15 in the world, recovered from a loss in the second set to defeat Scotsman Greg Lobbon 11-5 8-11 11-7 11-3, and will face New Zealander Paul Coll in the final. square.
18-time national champion Chinappa was unable to produce her best, however, losing 9-11 5-11 13-15 to 27-year-old Haughton.
Chinappa started on a high note, taking a 6-3 lead, but she let the advantage slip away as Naughton equalized at 6-6 and made it 9-9 before grabbing the opener with the two points required.
Naughton continued their momentum in the second to make it 2-0. Chinappa fought well in the third, moving together until 13-13 when her rival again took the lead to seal the contest.
Earlier, India’s Sunayna Sana Kuruvilla defeated Sri Lanka’s Chanithma Sinaly in the women’s singles quarterfinal at home plate.
The 23-year-old from Kochi, Sunayna proved too strong for her opponent, winning 11-3 11-2 11-2 in just 12 minutes.