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Joshna Chinappa (right) takes on Ho Tze-Lok (left)

Women’s Worlds: Chinappa Advances to Last 16 as Ho Retires

India’s World No.12 Joshna Chinappa progressed to the third round of the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship after her second round fixture with Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok was cut short after just 12 minutes due to injury.

Ho was competing on her 24th birthday, but struggled with her movement throughout the match, with her foot causing her some real issues.

Chinappa took the first two games comfortably and, after hobbling off the court at the end of the second, Ho conceded the match after walking back on to shake hands with her opponent before the third could resume.

“I’ve watched her play many times, especially at the Asian Games,” Chinappa said.

“She’s had some solid wins there and I knew going in it would be a tough game. I wish her a speedy recovery.

“You come in with your best plan and hope for a tough game constantly. That happened in the first round that I played, I was pretty lucky to get through that. I was coming here as well thinking it was going to hard, but I hope to get back on court tomorrow.

“It’s always going to be hard from round one, the tour has grown a lot and there is a lot of depth. I always have nerves from the first round onwards, so to get through and to be in the latter stages of a tournament is something I’m trying to work on.”

“She will play either defending champion Nour El Sherbini or Canada’s Hollie Naughton for a place in the last eight.”

[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4 retired (12m)

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