Ghoshal-Dipika win mixed doubles title

In a match that witnessed a replete of 'let calls', the Indian duo maintained their focus to the optimum and scored a deserving 11-8 11-4 win over highly rated top seeds Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda and Australian Rachael Grinham in half-an-hour.

The match was closely fought and the Indian duo raised their bar to greater levels mainly in the closing stages of both games.The rivals were matching each other in the initial stages and duo of Ghoshal and Dipika combined well and held their nerve in the closing to clinch the issue at home.

After winning the first game in a hard way, Ghoshal and Dipika were classy in their approach and execution of shots and dead drops for winners in the second game, which they won without much resistance from the opponents.

Earlier in the day, Ghoshal and Harinder Pal Sandhu finished in third position in a strong field of higher rated PSA ranked players in the men's doubles.

Joshna Chinappa and Palikal showed immense grit and determination to claim the bronze medal in women's doubles when they came from behind to beat the best of Jaclyn Hawakes (NZ) and Samantha Teran (Mexico) 11-7 6-11, 11-6 in 38 minutes.

Ghoshal and Sandhu, who played a tough encounter yesterday against top seeds Jonathan Kemp (Eng)/ Stephen Coppinger(South Africa) before losing 11-5 10-11 11-9, did not exert much today as they went about their task in a methodical manner.
The Indian pair went through the motion beating Scotts Chris Small/Lyall Paterson 11-5 11-10 in 40 minutes.

Unlike their men counterparts, Chinappa and Palikal took the vital lead in the first game after leading 7-1 but lost the initiative later on.In the decider, the Indian pair struck a good patch from the beginning. Raising their game from 2-1 to 7-2, Chinappa and Palikal executed their game plan intelligently before winning the match.

The Men's and Women's doubles titles were won by Kemp and Coppinger when they beat Harry Leitch/Alan Clyne(Sco) 5-11 11-6 11-8 in 49 minutes and top seeds Jenny Duncalf (Eng)/ Rachael Grinham (Aus) respectively.

Duncalf and Grinham survived some anxious moments in their 8-11,11-9, 11-8 win over Donna Urquhart/Kasey Brown(Aus). In the third place match in mixed doubles section, Alan Clyne / Frania Gillen (Sco) defeated Chris Simpson/Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 11-8, 11-6 in 24 minutes.

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