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 Press Articles of Raju Chainani (2001)

Joshna leads India's charge

By Raju Chainani 
Mid-day 12/7/2001

JOSHNA Chinappa spearheads India's challenge at the World Junior women's squash championships which begin at Penang on Sunday. The Chennai-based 15-year-old brought glory to the country at the recent Malaysian and Singapore Junior Opens. She won the under-17 at Kuala Lumpur and had a notable double, the under-19 and under-17 at the Lion City. 

Instead of lauding her success, the Squash Racquets Federation of India (SRFI) served her a show-cause notice asking how she had entered two events at Singapore. Mumbai's Supriya Balsekar has been named as the number three player for the world junior championship squad.

Raring for a crack

Mid-day 29/5/2001
By Raju Chainani


TWO weeks of intensive training for Team MID-DAY's junior squash players concluded at the Lakeview Club yesterday. The squad has a day off today and then it's time for the Malaysian Junior Open. Coach K H Ong was quietly confident of a good showing from the Mumbai juniors.

Ong spoke to the players individually and had a group session later in the afternoon. They were all ears for a man who has commanded respect and been like a father figure for them. Ong hosted a lunch for the parents and the kids at the club. It's all been one happy family and the fortnight has gone off very amicably. The juniors got together and invited Ong for dinner. The surprise came in the form of a small present a framed photograph of his son Ong Beng Hee sitting with world champion Peter Nicol at a recent tournament. The coach was very touched and has put up the photograph in his proshop. The juniors have been advised on their kit and have listened to the coach's advice. Ong has experienced the tough limes when his son Beng Hee was coming up. Rackets and shoes cost a pretty penny, but for the juniors Ong has gone out of his way to help them with discounted prices, a gesture that has been much appreciated by the squad.

The proof of the pudding will no doubt come over the next five days as the players participate in Asia's biggest junior tournament. "Our aim is to make the tournament better and larger than the British Junior Open," said Mary Ong, a senior member of the organising committee. The way things have progressed in a matter of a year, this may well happen.

With the total entries being in the region of 500, the organizers have planned to hold the initial stages of the under-11 and under-13 events at the NSC Courts in Jalan Duta, where many a major event has been staged over the years. The under-15, under-17 and under-19 events are to be played at the Astaka Centre. Efforts are on to use the Lakeview Club courts as these are much closer and a final decision will be made later today.

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Lalwani, Emanuel steal the show

By Raju Chainani
Mid-day 8-1-2001

NAISHAD Lalwani upset top seed Vikram Malhotra to win the hoys under-13 title in the Air-India SRAM Squash satellite at the Bombay Gymkhana glass-back courts. Lalwani, the number two seed, won 9-4, 5-9, 9-6, 9-1 with his front court game proving to he the key factor.

He was helped by Malhotra's unforced errors but in fairness, it was the better player who won on the day. Sharing the spotlight with Lalwani was ten year-old Nikita Emanuel. Her 9-5, 9-6, 5-9, 9-7 win over Shahnaz Dastur gave her the girls under-13 title.

It was her never-say-die attitude that gladdened the hearts of a knowledgeable audience. Natasha Lall was a member of Team MID-DAY which trained with K H Ong at Kuala Lumpur last May. She has come up well and it was her experience that saw her defeat Liana Deboo in the girls under-17 final.

Deboo led 7-3 in the opener before the US Club youngster look over the reins and went on to win 9-7. 9-4. 9-2. In the boys under-11. Vir Seth recorded his third successive Victory over Jay Dalai.

It was 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 to Seth. His opponent was guilty of playing far too many half-court balls and was never really got into the match. Seth for his part, played sensibly and kept the hall in play, something which his opponent would do well to learn.

Karanpal Sethi wormed his way through to defeat Rishabh Singhvi 10-8. 9-7. 9 2 in the boys under-15. Singhi was tentative when it mattered and must be kicking himself for losing the first and second games.

Sethi, who plays at Otters Club, has been around for a while and had the skill to keep his nose in front when it mattered. The boys under-17 final was a disappointment. Mihir Sheth played quite well in the opener which he lost 9-6 to Supreet Singh but thereafter did not trouble the scorers.

Singh was another to have benefited from the Malaysian experience and has shown he has the strength to come through a series of hard matches.

Mr. Jitender Bhargava, who has just taken over as President of the Air-India Sports Control Board, gave away the prizes.

The event had attracted over 70 entries. Mention must he made of the professionals who ran the event extremely well and were always on hand to referee matches. The third leg of the satellite circuit takes place from 26-28 January at the Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana.


Indians fare well

Mid-day 31-5-2001

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 INDIAN players had a good opening day at the Milo Malaysian Junior Squash International.

Anurag Gill had the rub of the green as he beat Hansul Hashimi of Malaysia 9-7, 7-9, 9-3, 9-10,10-8 in the boy's under-17, having squandered his chance to close the match in the fourth game. Mumbai's Bhaktiveda Dhaul was two games up against local lass Jonitha Sumithiri but could not drive home the advantage. Her defeat in the under-17 was more than compensated by the Chennai trio of Joshna Chinappa, Vaidehi Reddy and Divya Rajan who dropped six points between them as they cantered into second round.

Heavy rain caused a two-hour delay at the Astaka Centre where the under-15, under-17 and under-19 events were being held. The under-19 matches had to be switched to the NSC Courts in Jalan Duta where the under-11 and under-13 were in action. Things were kept in control by the organisers and despite the unforeseen delay, the day went of smoothly.

Results: Boys under-11 (1st round): Ramit Tandon (India) bt Raja Muhammad Adarr (Malaysia) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0; Ishaan Balvani (Ind) bt Mok Wey Shem (Mal) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 Parth Jindal (Ind) bt J Umasuthan (Mal) 9-0,9-0,9-0 Boy's under-11 (2nd round): Adeep Arif (Mal) bt Ishaan Balvani 9-6,7-9,9-2, 9-6 Jay Dalai (Ind) bt Gabriel Lim Weijie (Mal) 9-4, 9-6, 9-1.

Boys under-13 (1st round): Mahir Singh (Ind) bt Mohd Izuddin (Mal) 9-3,9-6,9-5; Harinder Pal Singh (Ind) bt Mohd Afiq Syazwan (Mal) 9-0, 9-5, 9-0. Boy's under-13 (2nd round): Harinder Pal Singh (Ind) bt Randy Lim (Mal) 3-9, 10-8, 9-6, 9-1; Jay Bhagat (Ind) bt Jasson Tan (Mal) 9-0,9-0,9-1; Naishadh Lalwani (Ind) bt Azman Shaari (Mal) 9-1, 9-1, 9-1; Sandeep Jangra (Ind) bt Amir Arif Saufan (Mal) 9-1, 9-1, 9-2; Manek Mathur (Ind) bt Ong Man Chin (Mal) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2; Vikram Malhotra (Ind) bt Low Chen Yen (Mal) 9-3, 9-0, 9-1; JoranDiwan (Ind) bt Adrian Lee (Mal) 9-2,9-2,9-0; Heng Quo Lian (Mal) bt Mahir Singh(lnd)4-9, 9-7, 9-6,9-5.Boy's under-15 (1st round): Jai Singh Sekhon (Ind) bt Han Wei Kiat (Mal) 9-4,9-2, 9-5.Boy's under-15 (2nd round): Sadkj Madraswala (Ind) bt Presad Pillai (Sab)9-0, 9-0, 9-3. Boy's under-17 (2nd round): Anurag GHI (Ind) bt Gan Ghee Ming (Mal) 9-0,9-0,9-0; Supreet Singh (Ind) bt Jude Foo Chen Horng (Sin) 9-0, 9-1, 9-1.Boys under-17 (3rd round): Anurag Gill (Ind) bt Hansul Hashimi (Mal) 9-7,7-9, 9-3, 9-10,10-8; Mohd Shahril (Mal) bt Vikas Jangra (Ind) 9-4,9-1,9-4; Supreet Singh (Ind) bt Timothy Van Ewk (Aus) 9-0,9-0,9-2. Girls under-15 (1st round): Liana Deboo (Ind) bt Jenna Foo (Mal) 9-0,9-2,9-7.Girls under-17 (1st round): Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt Yeo Chiou Giun (Mal) 9-0, 9-1, 9-1; Jonitha Somithri (Mal) bt Bhaktiveda Dhaul (Ind) 7-9, 6-9, 9-6 9O, 9-0; Divya Rajan (Ind) bt Nik Macjan Hanum (Mal) 9-1,9-1,9-0; Vaidehi Reddy (Ind) bt Lar Kan Lin (Mal) 9-0,9-0,9-2. 


Bhagat up

Team MID-DAY downs Bukit Jalil Sports School 8-5

Mid-day 27-5-2001

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 TEAM MID-DAY heat Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) 8-5 in a hard fought three-hour encounter on Saturday. The tie, which was held at the Commonwealth Games Squash Complex, where squash made a spectacular debut in the multi-discipline event in 1998.

Jay Bhagat blew hot and cold hut was good enough in the deciding game against Calvin Lim. The Jindal trio of Ritesh Sharma, Vikas and Sandeep Jangra were on song. Their colleague Sarvesh Chauhan had a rest day.

On this trip, these soil spoken boys from Vashind have made a deep impression. Size did not matter as little Ishaan Balvani downed Leong Wei Chien a stockily built junior. Manek Mathur also impressed as he breezed past Wone Hou Chou, dropping just six points and Naishadh Lalwani appeared to have an early afternoon appointment as he trounced Presad Pillay 9-l, 9-1,9-0.

But it wasn't all smooth sailing for the Mumbai squad. There was ,1 surprise defeat for Gautam Kalani and Sadiq Madraswala lost a hard fought encounter to Romero Yap. The BJSS boy had a scoreline of 9-3 9-5 1-9 9-7. Service changed hands seven times on the last point and it needed a forehand pass to end what had been a very engrossing affair.

Team MID-DAY reached the venue early and had s chance to see the spectacular all-glass court where the main matches of the 1998 Asian Junior Championships and subsequently the Commonwealth Game where. They were awestruck by the surroundings and just abut the everyone wanted to have a hit on the court, which is a permanent structure. Many a flashbulb clicked and many a question was asked.

As has happened in the previous lies, it was the juniors who referred the matches. It was close to 1 pm when the last match ended and the entourage made it's way to the BJSS canteen to join the rest for lunch. This was the final warm-up for the Team Mid-day Junior Open, which starts on Wednesday.


Jay Bhagat bt Calvin Lim 9-1, 10-8, 4-9, 3-9, 9-3; Ishaan Balvani bt Leong Wei Chien 9-4 9-7, 6-9, 9-6; Ritesh Sharma bt Mohd. Hakimi 9-3, 9-2, 9-7; Sandeep Jangra bt N. Zuhelmi 9-1, 9-3, 9-2; Naishad Lalwani bt Presad Pillay 9-1, 9-1, 9-0; Manek Mathur bt Wone Hou Chou 9-0, 9-4, 9-2; Priyanka Yadav bt Betrice Goh 9-0, 9-0 , 9-0, 9-1; Jay Dalal lost to Mohd Hisham 5-9, 7-9, 5-9; Vikram Malhotra lost to Low Tsu Khian 7-9, 3-9, 4-9; Gautam Kalani lost to Mohd Fadzly 9-10, 3-9, 0-9; Liana Deboo lost to Pang Khai Khim 9-10, 10-8, 2-9, 2-9; Sadiq Madraswala lost o Romero Yap 3-9, 5-9, 9-1, 7-9

 Joshna seeded number one

Mid-day 22-5-2001

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 INDIA'S national women's champion Joshna Chinappa has been given pride of place in the girls under-17 at the Mito All Stars Junior Squash International which is scheduled to commence at the Astaka Courts tomorrow.

Her Chennai compatriot Vaidehi Reddy has been seeded to meet her in the final whilst Mumbai's Supriya Balsekar has been placed in the 5-8 category. Thirty-two Indian players are participating in this tournament which is Asia's largest. There is Indian representation in nine of the 10 events, the girls' under-11 being the odd one out. Alisha Mashruwala is seeded in the 5-8 bracket for the girls  under-13, Ramit Tandon has a similar placing in the boys under-11 and Gautam Kalani has made it a menage et trios in the boys under-15.

Kalani is part of Team Mid-Day which is training with KH Ong at the Lakeview Club in Subang Jaya. The coach seemed undaunted by the seedings. "I expect them to do well in the tournament," he said. "There should be a few surprises."

A record 483 entries have been received for the tournament. The overseas participation comes from eight countries Australia, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore, Netherlands and Pakistan. Between them, they make up 125 entries with the largest contingent coming from Down Under with 45 players. The hosts, who have 358 players spread over 10 events, have been given top billing in five of them.

The winners of the under-19, under-17 and under-15 stand to gain $1,000 each. Approximately $10,000 is on offer for these age-groups whilst the winners of the under-13 and under-11 have attractive gifts as prizes.

Seedings (Malaysian unless stated) Girls  under-13   (31  entries):  Nabilla Ariffin, Low Wee Wern, Ashley Starr (Australia),  Sagita  Paraminglam;  5-8 Alisha   Mashruwala   (India),   Tamryn Beveridge    (Australia),   Lara   Miller (Australia) and Pushppa Devi (Alisha is the lone Indian entry). U-15 (32 entries): Skye Miller (Australia) 2 June Tiong (Liana Deboo is the lone Indian entry).

U-17 (32 entries): Joshna Chinappa (India), Vaidehi Reddy (India); 3-4 Sally Looi and Cherelle Kelly (Australia); 5-8 Naarah Rodwell (Australia), Supriya Balsekar (India), Sahar Jasmina and Lim Yoke Wah (Joshna Chinappa, Vaidehi Reddy, Supriya Balsekar, Shubika Bilka and Divya Rajan are the Indian entries). U-19 (13 entries): Tricia Chuah, Kirsty Knight (Australia) (Rachita Vora is the lone Indian entry)

Boys under-11 (57 entries): Spencer Davis (Australia), Ivan Yuen, Elroy Leong and Kamran Khan; 5-8 Ramit Tandon (India), Wong Xi Liang (Singapore), Kikoyu Itagati (Japan) and Vincent Chew (Ishaan Balvani, Parth Jindal, Jay Dalai and Ramit tandon are the Indian entries). U-13 (97 entries): Eivin Keo, Matt Reece (Australia) (Harinder Pal Singh, Mahir Singh, Naishadh Lalwani, Sandeep Jangra, Joran Diwan, Vikram Malhotra, Jay Bhagat and Manek Mathur are the Indian entries)

U-15 (80 entries): Ben Reece (Australia), Kapil Nesan; 5-8. Gautam Kalani (India), Ali Bader Al Ramezi (Kuwait), Neil Hoevanaais (Netherlands) and Tan Tze Hion (Ritesh Sharma, Sarvesh Chauhan, Saurav Ghoshal, Sadiq Madraswala, Jai Singh Sekhon, Mrinal Todi and Gautam Kalani are the Indian entries). U-17 (68 entries): Jhie Gough (Australia), Dylan Bennett (Netherlands) (Anurag Gill, Vikas Jangra and Supreet Singh are the Indian entries)

U-19 (34 entries): Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Mubashir Gul (Singapore) (Deepak Yadav is the lone Indian entry).


Great Ghoshal

Mid-day 2-6-2001

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 SAURAV Ghoshal was India's star on quarter-final's day at the Milo Malaysian Junior Squash International. His 9-1, 10-8, 9-2 win over the top seed Ben Reece (Australia) in the boy's under-15 had a touch of class. Victories for Alisha Mashruwala (girl's under-13), Joshna Chinappa and Vaidehi Reddy (girl's under-17) gave India four players in their respective age group semifinals.

Ghoshal kept his cool under pressure in the second game and was good value for his straight games win. He was cheered on by a vociferous Indian entourage who ensured that everybody at the Astaka Centre knew of their presence. Ghoshal's win was the only upset of the day which saw the fancied players make their way through to the last four stage. The 14-year-old Ghoshal trains with Dilip Tripathi at the Calcutta Racket Club and has been a finalist at the junior nationals on three occasions. Last year he had lost in the fourth round but has come on a great deal since.

The morning session had seen Jay Dalai (boy's under-11) and Harinder Pal Singh (boy's under-13) being beaten. Dalai could not match strides with the number two seed Mat Reece (Australia) but Harinder went down with funs blazing. It was 9-5, 9-5, 9-2 to Reece but the scores do not indicate how well the young sikh played. The Aussie's win was some consolation for his elder brother's defeat at the hands of Ghoshal.

Chinappa is a warm favourite for the girl's under-17 title. But the manner in which she played yesterday was reason for concern. She was good enough to beat Lim Yoke Wah (Malaysia) in four games but needs to be much sharper in the semis where she meets Australia's Cherelle Kelly. Mashruwala booked her place in the last four of the girl's under-13 with a comfortable 9-5, 9-5, 9-5 win over Australia's Ashley Starr. The petite Murnbai damsel runs into Malaysia's Sagita Paramalingam next. Mashruwala's Mumbai compatriot the third round of the girl's under-15. She had top seeded Australia Skye Miller as her opponent today and  bowed out gracefully

Results (quarter-finals):

Boys under-11:1-Spencer Davis (Aus) bt Aiman Aziz (Mal) 9-4,9-4, 9-0; Vincent Chew (Mal) bt Mohd Kharul B Rahimi ( Mal) 9-5, 9-0, 9-1; Kamran Khan (Mal) bt Lee Calvin ( Mal) 9-2, 9-4, 9-2; 2-lvan Yuen (Mal) bt Jay Dalai (Ind) 9-4, 9-0,9-1.

Boys under-13:1-Elvin Keo (Mal) bt Tom Steward (Aus) 9-10, 9-3, 9-2, 9-5; Lim Lu Tjun (Mal) bt Marcus Phua (Sin) 7-9. 9-3, 0-9,  10-8, 9-5; Jesmond Low (Mal) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mal) 9-7, 9-7, 7-9, 6-9, 9-4; 2-Mat Reece (Aus) bt Harinder Pal Singh (Ind) 9-5, 9-5, 9-2.

Boys under-15: Saurav Ghoshal (Ind) bt 1-Ben Reece (Aus) 9-1, 10-8, 9-2; Risto Krauss (Aus) bt Russell Wegner (Aus) 9-6, 9-6, 9-0; Mohd Azfar Azan (Mal) bt Mohd Izam Mahazer (Mal) 9-4, 9-2, 9-4, 2-Kapil Nesan (Mal) bt Mohd Nafizwan (Mal) 9-5, 6-9, 9-2, 9-1.

Boys under-17: 1-Jhie Gough (Aus) bt Woo Yew Hong (Mal) 9-0, 9-4, 9-3; Dick Lau Siu Wai (HK) bt Mohd Shahril (Mal) 5-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-7; Timothy Arnold (Mal) bt Alasdair Alien (Aus) 9-0, 4-9, 10-8, 3-9, 9-0; 2-Dylan Bennert (Hol) bt Wong Kin Lee (Mal) 9-0, 9-6, 4-9, 9-2.

Boys under-19: 1-Mohd Azlan Iskandar (Mal) bt Timothy Arnold (Mal) 9-2, 9-0, 9-1; Dylan Bennett (Hol) bt Marcus Yeap (Mal) 9-3, 9-2, 9-2; Kelvin Ho (Mal) bt Ziyad Tareq Al Owaish (Kuw) 4-9, 9-6, 5-9, 9-2, 9-2; Mubashir Gul (Sin) bt Michael Arcidiacono (Aus) 9-7, 9-0, 9-5

Girls under-11: 1-Zulijah Azan (Mal) bt Heng Yi Lian (Mal) 9-2, 9-1, 9-0; Jeshila Maniam (Mal) bt Roobim Sattampalam (Mal) 9-1, 9-7, 9-4; Chua Wen Ya (Sin) bt P Vanaja (Mal) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0; 2-Nesserine Ariffin (Mal) bt Asami Ninomiya (Jap) 9-7, 9-1, 9-5.

Girls under-13: 1-Alisha Mashruwala (Ind) bt Ashley Starr (Aus) 9-5, 9-5, 9-5; Kimberley Bessell (Aus) bt Sagita Parmalingam (Mal) 9-2, 9-5, 9-4; Low I Wee Wem (Mal) bt Pushppa Dewi (Mal) 9-7,9-2, 9-2; 2-Nabilla Ariffin (Mal) bt Lara Miller (Aus) 9-3, 9-4, 9-2.

Girls under-15: 1-Skye Miller (Aus) bt Liana Deboo (Ind) 9-0, 9-4, 9-1; Munirah Arif Kor (Mal) bt Nora Ashikin (Mal) 9-1,9-0,9-2; Ho Baoxia (Sin) bt Siti Munirh (Mal) 9-0, 9-5, 9-0; 2-June Tiong (Mal) bt Tan Poh Yong (Sin) 9-5, 9-0,9-1.

Girls under-17:1-Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt Lim Yoke Wah (Mal) 9-0, 7-9, 9-1, 9-3; Cherelle Kelly (Aus) bt Delia Arnold (Mal) 10-9, 9-2, 9-10, 9-1; Sally Looi (Mal) bt Joanne Jee (Mal) 9-1, 9-4, 9-2; 2-Vaidehi Reddy (Ind) bt Sahar Jasmina (Mal) 9-4, 9-1,9-4.

Girls under-19: 1-Tricia Chuah (Mal) bt Teng Ooi Ean (Mal) 9-1, 9-5, 7-9, 9-3; Georgina Davis (Aus) bt Jemma Saxby (Aus) 9-2, 9-0, 9-3; Tracey Michell (Aus) bt Karen Lau Siu Ying (HK) 9-5, 9-5, 0-9, 2-9, 9-5; 2-Kristy Knight (Aus) bt Daniella Davis (Aus) 9-6, 10-8,9-2


Team Mid-day’s day out

By Raju Chainani
Mid-day 17-5-2001

Kaula Lumpur, May 17 The sign outside the Lakeview Club squash courts in Subang Jaya said, “Please do not disturb. Team Mid-day juniors are hard at work,” Indeed they were. It was an early start this morning with a three-kilometer run followed by court drills and match play. Coach K H Ong broke them in gently after their arrival on Saturday and has gradually built up the active level.

“We have done 13 drills so far” said Maneck Mathur who is on his second trip with Team MID-DAY,” Mr. Ong has been his usual wonderful self,” The kids dote on the soft-spoken coach who has proved his mettle. The outstanding performance of his son Ong Beng Hee, currently ranked at number nine in the world, is proof of the pudding.

“We were hoping to meet Beng Hee,” said Vikram Malhotra, winner of the under-13 title at the recent Otters Old Castle Open and one who has come up a lot since his training here last year, “We follow his progress and are very happy he is doing well.”

Not to be outdone, the girls have got into the groove. There are four of them-Priyanka Yadav. Shubika Bilka, Liana Deboo and Bhaktiveda Dhaul. “It is very professional. It is tough but we are enjoying the training,” said Priyanka Yadav, who has been given the additional charge of being the team leader.

Friday is the day of rest. The weather gods have been king and all going well, there is a trip planned to Genting Islands for the day. The team needs a day to recuperate before their weekend match against the MPPJ juniors.

The camaraderie with the local official is very good. On the 26th Team Mid-day has a match against  the Bukit Jalil Juniors and the venue is the squash complex in the Commonwealth Games arena. Squash apart, it’ll be an experience for them to see the venue of the 1998 Games.


A squashing day for India

Raju Chainani
Mid-day 17-7-2001

PENANG: Joshna Chinappa and Vaidehi Reddy provided the upsets in round two of the ninth world junior women's squash championships. Both had wins over players who were seeded in the 9-16 bracket.

Chinappa started the ball rolling when she beat Dagrnar Feddern (Denmark) 6-9, 9-3, 9-0, 9-4 in 27 minutes. Reddy had a much rougher time and needed to keep her cool under pressure in beat Milja Dorenbos (Netherlands) 10-8, 9-6, 8-10, 9-4 in a 39-minute encounter.

However, there was no such luck for Supriya Balsekar as she went our 10-9 9-4, 9-5 to Frances Ho (Hong Kong) in 28 minutes.

In the third round, both have unseeded Australians as opponents. Chinappa runs into Kasey Brown while Reddy takes on Felicity Goodall. The Indian national champion had no business 10 lose the first game against Feddern. She looked strong at 6-3 but there began a spell of nine points in which she did little right. The pendulum had swung and Chinappa was soon a game and 0-3 down. She was good enough to rise to the occasion. A relentless attack followed, Feddern wilted and the next 18 points went to the Indian. Chinappa soon put the issue beyond doubt as she led 7-1 in the fourth and though Feddern pur together a couple of winners, it was too late for any comebacks. "I lost my concentration in the first game. There are no excuses. I knew I had to set things in order. I started playing to length and was able to cut down on the errors," Chinappa said. This was a good result for the Indian number one. Her 18-year-old opponent was a quarter-finalist in the European Junior Open and is ranked at number two in Denmark. Feddern played the 1999 world junior girls championships at Antwerp.

World referee Chris Sinclair was in the hot seat. She had officiated Vaidehi Reddy's match in the first round and had ended up with a patch of wet paint on her trousers. Nothing so dramatic hap pened this afternoon and the lady who had once been told by Jahangir that "A woman's place should be at home" had a relatively peaceful time. The Chennai lass led 4-2 and 7-5 in the opener, saw her opponent fight back and reach game ball with a superb forehand crosscourt and then came up with two superb winners to close the game. Reddy was put to the test and showed plenty of character in coining through. The Indians have their best two in the round of 32 and there is more than a ray of hope for them.

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