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Chinappa and King to Contest Women’s HKFC International Final


Joshna Chinappa and Joelle King will face off in the final of the HKFC International, PSA W25 tournament after claiming semi-final victories over home hero Annie Au and Donna Urquhart, respectively.

Chinappa repelled Au’s attempts to play a slower, methodical style of squash by injecting pace into the proceedings as she looked to reach her first PSA World Tour final of 2016.

Au took the opening game, before Chinappa recovered to go 2-1 up, only to see Au rally to take the fourth and set up a nail-biting decider. Au managed to keep her opponent at arm’s length for much of the final game as Chinappa began to grow frustrated with some of the officiating, but she rediscovered some rhythm after Au had a stroke decision changed to a let. Chinappa was spurred on to amass a match ball, which Au tinned to hand Chinappa a place in her first ever PSA W25 final.

“That was such a tough match, every point was fought to the max,” said Chinappa.

“When she nearly got that stroke at the end of the fifth, it looked like it was over, but I got a few points in a row, I was just so relieved to win it. This is the biggest final I’ve ever made, I’m really excited for tomorrow.”

King, meanwhile, overcame Urquhart in four to ensure that she will take on Chinappa next as both players look to win their first PSA World Tour silverware of 2016.

“Donna’s always a tough player to come up against,” King admitted.

“Our matches usually go to at least four games, but I think I probably should have won that one 3-0. I was maybe off court before I’d actually won them in the first two, that’s where I’ve been good in earlier rounds so lesson learnt. It’s good to know I’ll be back again tomorrow, it’s been a while since I played four matches in a row.”

Results – Semi-Final: Women’s HKFC International 2016
[1] Joelle King (NZL) bt [8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 (49m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [2] Annie Au (HKG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 (60m)

Draw – Final
[1] Joelle King (NZL) v [3] Joshna Chinappa (IND)

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