BritOpen: Urquhart Through to Next Round After Beating Chinappa
Australian No.2 Donna Urquhart came up with a fine performance to defeat Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa 3-1 in the first round of the 2016 Allam British Open to reach round two of the prestigious PSA World Series tournament.
The opening game was a tight affair with both players demonstrating an impressive array of attacking shots at the front of the court as they sought to find a chink in the the other player’s armour.
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Urquhart managed to sneak it by the narrowest of margins on the tie-break but a dominant display from Chinappa brought the match back to all square after the World No.14 captured the second.
Yamba-born Urquhart found herself back in the ascendancy in the third and just managed to get the better of Chinappa to reclaim the lead. The points ebbed and flowed in the fourth with World No.23 Urquhart rattling off a succession of winners to record a 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory and set up a next round meeting with World No.2 Nicol David who has won this tournament on a remarkable five occasions.
“Joshna’s a tough player, a tough opponent and I knew that I had to play well today if I wanted to have a chance of winning,” said Urquhart.
“I feel that I did that and found my best squash in the third and fourth games when I needed to. There’s no pressure on me against Nicol, I’m going to go out there and give it everything, enjoy playing on the glass court, enjoy the experience of it and hopefully I’ll play some good squash and we’ll see what happens.”
Result – First Round: Women’s Allam British Open 2016
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)