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Nada Abbas

Black Ball Open RD2: Abbas Takes Out Chinappa to Upset Seedings

World No.27 Nada Abbas became the first player to upset the seedings on the third day of action at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open after she took out World No.12 Joshna Chinappa of India.

The 19-year-old from Giza, Egypt produced a skilful performance to take out the Indian No.1 as she played without fear at the Black Ball Sporting Club to reach the last 16 at a PSA Platinum event for the first time since the 2017 British Open.

A comfortable first game went in the favour of Abbas, before Chinappa began to mount a comeback in the second to become more competitive. However, she still struggled to contain the Egyptian, with Abbas able to maintain her concentration to double her lead, displaying her athleticism with a number of impressive dives.

At 5-1 down in the third it looked as though Chinappa would be condemned to a straight-games defeat, however, five points in succession put the Indian right back in the match and she was able to convert on her fifth game ball attempt to reduce the deficit.

In the last game, Chinappa took a narrow lead at 4-3, but three unforced errors proved costly to give confidence to Abbas who was able to close out the 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 victory in 49 minutes.

Abbas will face the winner of Canada’s Hollie Naughton v Egypt’s World No.2 Nouran Gohar in round three.

“I’m very happy to win this match,” said Abbas afterwards.

“Joshna is a very experienced player, I had to be focused from the beginning until the end because I knew that if I gave her a chance she would get back into the match and grow in confidence.

“I’ve been playing really well this season, but there are some mistakes I always do in these types of matches, so I always try to learn from those mistakes. When she won the third game, I just told myself to focus on the other game and not let her win, play point by point and not give her any cheap points.”

Nada Abbas (EGY) bt [10] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 11-4, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 (49m)

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