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Joshna and Vaidehi advance

CHENNAI AUG. 19. The top two Indians, Joshna Chinappa and Vaidehi Reddy have moved into the last sixteen of the World junior women's squash championship being held in Cairo.

This is the first time that India has two players in the pre-quarterfinal round of the individual event of the World championship.

Seeded in the 5-8 bracket, Joshna notched up a convincing 9-7, 9-6, 9-4 win over Cherelle Kelley of Australia.

Unseeded Vaidehi carved out a sensational 9-7, 9-4, 2-9, 9-4 win over 5/8 seed Emma Beddoes of England in four games, according to a press release from SRFI.

Speed and power came in handy for Joshna to take control over Cherelle though she did have a close first game.

Joshna next faces the Belgium No. 1 Charlie de Ryckle for a place in the quarterfinal.

If she gets past that tricky hurdle, the Indian who is also the Asian champion would face the top seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.

Using the drop shots to great effect, Vaidehi was able to keep pressure on her English rival.

The loss of the third game did not deter the Indian who now gets ready to meet Hend Osama of Egypt next for a quarterfinal place.

In the plate events, Alisha Mashruwala had to dig into her reserves to beat Rachel Green (Wales) in a keenly contested five-game match.

Alisha won 9-5, 5-9, 9-6, 8-10, 9-7.

Dipika Pallikal went down fighting to Sarycarmen Diaz (Mex) 9-2, 9-3, 9-0.

Sonali Philip was beaten by Deon Saffery (Eng) 9-4, 9-1, 9-0.

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