Chinnapa Claims Penang Title to Deny Local Favourite

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Joshna Chinnapa
 claims the IJM Land Penang Open after defeating top seed Siti Munirah Jusoh to deny Malaysian hopes of a home title win.

The top two seeds battled it out at the Nicol David International Squash Centre, having both dropped just one game en route the final.

Chinnapa gained a walkover in her first round tie after Pakistani qualifier Zahab Khan withdrew injured. The Indian later battled from a game down against No.6 seed Karman Siu to face another Hong Kong international in No.3 seed Carmen Lee.

Jusoh made short work of her first round clash against compatriot Teh Min Jie, before facing a second fellow-Malaysian Rachel Arnold whom she also dispatched in three games. Tong Tsz-Wing proved a tougher challenge in the semi-finals, and the top seed needed an hour to defeat the Hong Kong international.

It was the Indian who kept up her dominant form in the final however, winning a narrow first game. Jusoh’s resilience wained as the match progressed, and the gap in the score was more pronounced in the second game. Unable to match the pace, the Malaysian succumbed to defeat claiming just one point from the third game, allowing Chinnapa to claim her seventh WSA World Tour title.

[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)  11-9, 11-7, 11-1 (34m)

[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)  11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (60m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [3] Carmen Lee (HKG)  11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)

[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt [7] Rachel Arnold (MAS)  11-2, 11-8, 11-2 (25m)
[4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt [8] Vanessa Raj (MAS)  11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (45m)
[3] Carmen Lee (HKG) bt [6] Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS)  12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (45m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [5] Karman Siu (HKG)  9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 (25m)

1st round:
[1] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt Teh Min Jie (MAS)  11-6, 11-5, 11-5
[7] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt [Q] Andrea Lee (MAS)  11-5, 11-8, 11-2
[4] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt Sima Padbod (IRI)  11-3, 11-2, 11-2
[8] Vanessa Raj (MAS) bt Chu Ka Hei (HKG)  11-3, 11-7, 11-4
[6] Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS) bt S Sivasangari (MAS)  11-6, 11-2, 11-7
[3] Carmen Lee (HKG) bt Celine Yeap (MAS)  6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
[5] Karman Siu (HKG) bt Zoe Foo (MAS)  9-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-7
[2] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Zahab Khan (PAK)  w/o


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