New Delhi: India capped off their impressive run in the WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship with a best-ever fifth place finish, defeating Ireland 2-1 in the classification match at the La Parnasse Arena in Nimes, France. (Agencies)
The championship came to a magnificent conclusion for the 10th seeds India when they put it across Ireland on the final day of the event to register an upset victory over the seventh-seed opponents in the teams' second meeting in five days.
Joshana Chinappa put India in the driving seat by beating Aisling Blake - but 13-time Irish champion Madeline Perry levelled matters by gaining a revenge win over Indian number one, Dipika Pallikal.
It was down to teenager Anaka Alankamony to clinch victory for India when the 18-year-old from Chennai defeated experienced Laura Mylotte 11-8 11-7 11-8 in the decider.
"It's been an amazing week - and this is so good for India," said Alankamony.
India's national coach Cyrus Poncha was almost speechless.
"Fifth in the world - it's unbelievable. A few months ago, Dipika said we should target to be in the top four in the world, but I thought that was a very tall order. And here we are just one place below.
"It was unfortunate we had Egypt in the quarter-finals - anyone barring the top two would have given us a better chance. We feel we now have the depth to create upsets," he said.
In the final, second seeds Egypt recovered from a match down to upset favourites England while Malaysia beat Australia in the play-off for third place to win the bronze medal for the fourth time in a row.
Results: 5th place play-off  INDIA bt  IRELAND 2-1 Joshana Chinappa bt Aisling Blake 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9. Dipika Pallikal lost to Madeline Perry 7-11, 5-11, 13-15 Anaka Alankamony bt Laura Mylotte 11-8, 11-7, 11-8.
New Delhi: India capped off their impressive run in the WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship with a best-ever fifth place finish, defeating Ireland 2-1 in the classification match at the La Parnasse Arena in Nimes, France.