New Delhi: India sent Argentina crashing out of the WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship to set up an intriguing pre-quarter final clash against The Netherlands in Nimes, France.
     
After upsetting seventh seeds Ireland in their tournament opener, India clinched pole position in Pool G after despatching 17th seeds Argentina 3-0 in the final qualifying round of the biennial World Squash Federation event taking place in France for the first time.
     
The event boasts a record entry of 26 nations and is being staged simultaneously at both the eight-court Club des Costières and La Parnasse Arena where, for the first time ever, action is taking place on three all-glass show courts.
     
Squad number three Anaka Alankamony led the way for India, seeded 10th in the event, beating Maria Eugenia Bonilla 11-4 11-4 11-7, before second string Joshana Chinappa took just 19 minutes to overcome Cecilia Cerquetti 11-6 11-3 11-4.
     
In the final match, top-ranked Argentinean Antonella Falcione battled hard against India's star Dipika Pallikal but world No. 13 Pallikal had the edge, defeating her opponent ranked more than 100 places below 11-8 11-7 11-8.
     
"It's huge," said Indian national coach Cyrus Poncha when asked about the significance of the success in the event so far. "Our aim was to top the pool and making the quarter-finals is our goal.
     
"Beating Ireland definitely gave us a lot of confidence and we hope to have a great performance against the Dutch (eighth seeds) tomorrow," he added.

(Agencies)

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