28-year-old Chinappa, seeded fourth, went down 6-11 9-11 7-11 in the women's singles semifinals to become the only Indian to win a semi-final berth.
"Joshna possibly played one of best squash today. Some of her drives and volleyed drops were  wonderful and took her famed opponent by surprise. On several occasions she was in front of Nicol," said national coach Cyrus Poncha.
Yesterday, Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal suffered surprise losses in the quarterfinals to crash out of the tournament.

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