Macau: India's Joshna Chinappa kept the tri-colour fluttering by progressing into the semifinals of the women's singles, even as compatriot Dipika Pallikal bowed out of the USD 25,000 Macau Open squash tournament, here on Friday.

World ranked 51st and qualifier, Chinappa battled to a five-game victory over Japan's Misaki Kobayashi in the quarterfinals and set up a last-four clash against top-seed Joelle King of New Zealand.

The 26-year-old Chennai girl prevailed over Kobayashi 11-9, 9-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6 in a battle that lasted over an hour.

Meanwhile, it was curtains for India's top-ranked female player Pallikal as she was stunned by eighth seed, Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt in a five-setter.

World ranked 14th and second seed in the tournament, Pallikal went down fighting 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 12-14, 7-11 to former world number 4 Kawy, much to the disappointment of sparse crowd.

The tournament witnessed a host of upsets as just three seeds made it through to the semifinals of the WSA World Tour silver event.


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