Dipika to take on Joshna in semis

Dipika to take on Joshna in semis

As expected, all the seeded players made the last-four stage at the Indian Squash Academy.

World number 23 and second seed Dipika will take on world number 32 and compatriot Joshna in the semifinal of the season’s first WISPA event while top seed Donna Urquhart of Australia will take on team-mate and third seed Lisa Camilleri in the other last-four stage encounter on Friday.

Dipika produced an wonderful mix of pace and delicate drop shots both from the ‘T’ and close to the walls, dismissing Australia’s Melody Francis 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in 27 minutes.

Joshna, seeded fourth in the tournament, was no different from her junior countrymate Dipika in her clinically achieved straight-games 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 victory over sixth seed Misaki Kobayashi of Japan in 25 minutes.

Joshna’s shot selections were utterly perfect as she rose to a sizeable lead in all her three games. In the second and third games, Joshana had about five points lead and won the match more convincingly than expected.

It was an easy outing for Camilleri against Malaysia’s Siti Murnirah (fifth seed), who lacked consistency. Camilleri scored a 11-9 11-9 11-4 victory in 34 minutes.