Mixed luck for India


India’s Anaka Alankamony beat Kim Ga Hye 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 and Joshna Chinappa scored an easy 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 win over Song Sun Mi to clinch the semifinal against Korea 2-0 and set up a summit clash against Hong Kong, who knocked out world number one Nicol David-led defending champions Malaysia 2-1.

This is the second time that Indian women are making the final after 2002.
In the men’s semifinal, India’s Harinder Singh Pal Sandhu lost to Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 10-12, 9-11, 11-13 before Saurav Ghosal scored an emphatic 2-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 win over reigning Asian individual champion and top seed Mohd Azlan Iskander. However, Malaysia number two and second seed Ong Ben Hee got the better of Siddharth Suchde 11-6, 8-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-2 in a marathon 75-minute decider.
India number one, Ghosal, ranked 27 in the world, came from behind to beat Mohd Azlan Iskander, who is ranked 18 in PSA. Ghosal was aggressive after losing the first game, which the Malaysian led 8-0 before winning it 11-2.

The home team fielded junior star Anaka Alankamony in the first match against Korean third seed Kim Ga Hye and the Indian required just 20 minutes to wrap up the game. Anaka played superbly with some delectable drops and eye catching long balls to score winners.
In the second match, Joshna, ranked 31 in the world, steamrolled her opponent Song Sun Mi with superior display in the first two games but the Korean top seed showed some semblance of a fight in the third.

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