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Top rung women player, Joshna chinapppa’s lethargy and mental block put paid to the aspirations of India and her lack of on court initiative helped Hong Kong win the Team title in the 15th Asian Senior Squash Championship here this afternoon.

Pakistan's Yasir ali Butt and Amir Atlas Khan played to their potential and were agile in dashing the hopes of defending champions, Malaysia with a clinical 2-0 verdict to regain the title after a gap of six years.

In the Women’s final Joey Chan came from behind to beat Anaka Alakamony 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-7, while Rebeca Chiu scored over Chinappa 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.

Yasir Ali Butt put Pakistan in the lead disposing of  Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia 11-5,7-11,11-4,11-5, 11-4 and Atlas Khan sealed the issue with a brilliant display in getting the better of Asia’s top star, Iskander at 11-8, 11-9, 13-11.

India’s loss was mainly due to the fact that Chinappa was a mere onlooker most often when her rival Rebecca Chiu displayed fighting qualities in her straight games win to seal the title in Hong Kong’s favour.

Representing the nation in a major championship, Chinappa, playing the second match, did not even carry the gallant work of her compatriot Anaka Alankamony, who fought out with great will and never yielded a single point easily to more experienced Joey Chan. Anaka, a school going kid at age of 15 measured herself well claiming the first game before losing to Chan at 7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-7.

The home supporters egged on Chinappa to fight but most often she was pedestrian and did not even move herself to take the returns. Since not showing any effort, Chinappa’s stay at the glass court was shortened as she lost Chiu in quick time at 11-7, 11-2, 11-5. In fact, Chinappa was never aggressive and was soft on her returns and mostly dependent on her drop shots for points.

Only good patch of Chinappa’s performance today was when she showed greater mobility and skills than Chiu in scoring three points in a row to level at 3-3 in the first game. But, Chinappa never raised her game, though talented, especially whenever Chiu had a lead of about two or three points in each game.

Perhaps, a self analysis of her performance today would help Chinappa to make amends in the forthcoming championship including World Open before the Commonwealth Games.

The Indian men and women players have been in the preparatory camp and this championship considered as a lead up to the coming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October. Going by Chinappa’s performance today, she needs to put in hard work to realize a medal for the country in both individual and team events.

Having yielded the 2-0 lead in the best of three match format and the title to Hong Kong, the dead rubber match between Dipika Pallikal and Annie Au was not held.

India had defeated Hong Kong in the league phase on last Thursday and Hong Kong outplayed defending champions, Malaysia yesterday in the semi final.

Final position(Mens)
1. Pakistan
2. Malaysia
3. India(3/4)
4. Kuwait(3/4)
5. Honk Kong, China
6. Japan
7. Korea
8. Sri Lanka
9. Singapore
10. Iran
11. Iraq
12. China
13. Chinese Taipei

Final Position (women)
1. Hong Kong, China
2. India
3. Malaysia(3/4)
4. Korea(3/4)
5. Japan
6. China
7. Sri Lanka