Joshana Chinappa has won her second bronze medal at the Asian Senior Individual Squash Championship in Kuwait. The 28-year-old secured a medal by reaching the last four, where she lost 6-11, 9-11, 7-11 to world number one, Nicole David. In the process, she notched up the Indian contingent’s only medal at the event after Dipika Pallikal crashed out in the quarters, and the men’s duo of Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Sandhu too fell short.
The feat itself has marked yet another rise in what has been a roller-coaster year for the world number 24, who has reached the semi-finals in three events so far, with early exits at tournaments in between. “I played a tough game against the fifth in the world at one event, and I wasn’t at my best in Texas. But I am looking for some degree of consistency now,” she says.
Chinappa’s game has essentially been on the rise since she and Pallikal won India’s first squash gold at the Commonwealth Games last year. Nonetheless, she asserts she hasn’t reached her peak just yet. “I’ve been concentrating on getting fitter and stronger, and that’s made a difference for me,” she says. “By the end of the year my main goal is to remain injury free,” she adds. Another goal is to improve her ranking to the top 15.
Meanwhile, the immediate target is at the British Open next week, where she plays fourth ranked Laura Massaro in the first round. Chinappa will leave for England straight from Kuwait in order to condition herself to the climate since she suffered from a viral when she got to Kuwait.