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Yuen & Noom Triumph In Chennai Challengers

Indian Challenger #4 2009
Men's Draw
05-10 Oct, Chennai, $10k
Round One
07 Oct
08 Oct
 09 Oct
0 Oct
[1] Chris Simpson (Eng)
11-7, 13-11, 13-11 (45m)
Kristian Frost Olesen (Den)
Chris Simpson
11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2 (70m)
Ivan Yuen
Ivan Yuen
10-12, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 (81m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
Ivan Yuen
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
Mark Krajcsak
[6] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (30m)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
[4] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (45m)
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
Matthew Karwalski
11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 (60m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
[5] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (99m)
[Q] Kamran Khan (Pak)
[Q] Gaurav Nandrajog (Ind)
11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9 (39m)
[7] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
Mazen Gamal
11-4, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Mathieu Castagnet
12-10, 15-13, 10-12, 11-8 (83m)
Mark Krajcsak
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
7-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (88m)
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[Q] Naresh Kumar (Ind)
 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (30m)
[8] Shamsul Islam Khan (Pak)
Shamsul Islam Khan
11-5, 11-7,$5-11, 11-1 (32m)
Mark Krajcsak
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (40m)
[2] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Indian Challenger #4 2009
Women's Draw
05-10 Oct, Chennai, $8k
Round One
07 Oct
08 Oct
09 Oct
10 Oct
[1] Sharon Wee (Mas)
 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (23m)
Carmen Lee (Hkg)
Sharon Wee
11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (22m)
Anwesha Reddy
Sharon Wee
11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (28m)
Orla Noom
Orla Noom
11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (35m)
Joshna Chinappa
[7] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11,11-5 (40m)
Anwesha Reddy (Ind)
[3] Orla Noom (Ned)
11-1,11-6, 11-2 (14m)
[Q] Aparajitha Balamurukan (Ind)
Orla Noom
11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4 (36m)
Siti Munirah Jusoh
[5] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
 11-9, 11-5, 13-11 (26m)
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
Jenna Gates (Eng)
 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
[6] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
Dipika Pallikal
11-2, 11-8, 11-4 (17m)
Elise Ng
Dipika Pallikal
11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (25m)
Joshna Chinappa
[Q] Anaka Alankamony (Ind)
 7-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
[4] Elise Ng (Hkg)
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (22m)
[8] Pushppa Devi (Mas)
Laura Pomportes
11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
Joshna Chinappa
Coline Aumard (Fra)
11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (19m)
[2] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)

Yuen & Noom Triumph In Chennai Challengers


Malaysian teenager Ivan Yuen and Dutch international Orla Noom produced straight games upsets over higher-ranked opponents in the finals of the latest Indian Challenger series events in Chennai to claim the Tour titles at the Indian Squash Academy.


It was a lacklustre performance by second seed Joshna Chinappa, the Indian number one, in the climax of the Indian Challenger No2, the $8,000 WISPA World Tour event that led to Orla Noom's 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 victory in 35 minutes.


Expressing her happiness over winning her fifth WISPA title, 23-year-old Noom said:  "Joshna is player who always liked to be dragged into rallies for raising her game.  She is also known for her patience, but today my strategy to keep her in the back court as much as possible worked wonders.


"The court here is superb and I would like to come again for WISPA events," added the world No41 from Hoofddorp.


Chinappa admitted that nerves had played a part in her downfall:  "I was charged up to win the title before taking to the court, but I do not know why I was nervous today.  I could not play my shots for various reasons and actually, I could not get my rhythm well in time. 


"I now need to concentrate on my next events," added the world No33 from Chennai.  "After a week's rest, I am planning to move over to New York for competitions."


The final of the men's Indian Challenger No4, a $10,000 PSA World Tour event, produced the third giant-killing victory in a row for Ivan Yuen – and handed the 19-year-old from Selangor his maiden PSA Tour title.


Yuen, who had claimed his Asian Junior title at the same venue, faced second-seeded Hungarian Mark Krajcsak, ranked 41 in the world.  The sixth-seeded Malaysian ran away with the first two games without much ado. 


In the third, Krajcsak led 7-2 – but Yuen fought back to claim his momentous 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 victory after 45 minutes.


Noom With A View Of Chennai Challenger Success


Dutch squash star Orla Noom has her sights on title success in the Women's Indian Challenger No2 after upsetting top-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee in the semi-finals of the $8,000 WISPA World Tour event at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.


Third seed Noom will face local favourite Joshna Chinappa, the second seed from India who survived an all-Chennai challenge from sixth seed Dipika Pallikal in the other women's semi-final.


Ranked 41 in the world, Orla Noom scalped Wee – ranked ten places higher - 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 in 28 minutes.  After winning the first game easily, left-hander Noom faced stiff resistance from the Malaysian in the second.


Wee was inconsistent in the third and Noom, a sports management and economics graduate from the Johan Cruyff University, had no difficulty in claiming four points in a row to take the match.


In the second semi final, world No33 Chinappa put paid to the aspirations of her younger compatriot Dipika Pallikal, the world No54 who has just turned 18, winning 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 in 25 minutes.


An elated Chinappa gave full credit to Pallikal for the improvement in her game:  "I had prepared for the match mentally because Dipika has been playing well in the circuit.  In fact, she had defeated higher ranked players with whom I had struggled. 


"Today Dipika played well, but I did not give her any opportunity to play shots, which is her strong point," explained the 23-year-old Indian number one – who, like Noom, is celebrating her ninth WISPA final.  "I needed to go for winners early enough before being dragged on rallies, and I was able to succeed.


"I have shown improvement in my game having been in the circuit for couple of years but I need to improve my fitness to win more WISPA events.  My aim is to reach the top 20 and then look forward to go further up in WISPA," added Chinappa.


Malaysian teenager Ivan Yuen continued his impressive run in the men's Indian Challenger No4 to reach the final of the $10,000 PSA World Tour event. 


After defeating top-seeded Englishman Chris Simpson in the previous round, sixth seed Yuen maintained his tempo to get the better of compatriot Muhd Asyraf Azan, the fifth seed, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 in 81 minutes.


Incredibly, the next semi-final lasted even longer - second seed Mark Krajcsak of Hungary battling for 83 minutes, through three tie-break games, to beat Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, the No3 seed, 12-10, 15-13, 10-12, 11-8.


While Yuen is celebrating his third Tour final appearance – and looking for his maiden win – Budapest-based Krajcsak is marking his tenth appearance in the climax of a PSA Tour event.


Yuen & Pallikal Score Notable Upsets In Chennai Challengers


Malaysian Ivan Yuen and local star Dipika Pallikal recorded notable upsets in the Indian Squash Challenger quarter-finals at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.


An Indian is assured of a place in the final of the Women's Indian Challenger No2 as Pallikal will meet second-seeded compatriot Joshna Chinappa in an all-Chennai semi-final of the $8,000 WISPA World Tour event.


Sixth seed Pallikal, the 18-year-old world No54, crushed Hong Kong's No4 seed Elise Ng – ranked eight places higher in the world - 11-2, 11-8, 11-4 in just 17 minutes. 


Chinappa, ranked 33 in the world, demonstrated an immaculate mixture of pace and delicate drop shots to beat unseeded French opponent Laura Pomportes 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 in 25 minutes.  


The other semi-final will feature top-seeded Malaysian Sharon Wee, who disposed of India’s unseeded Anwesha Reddy 11-7, 11-6, 11-3, and Orla Noom, the third seed  from the Netherlands, who dropped the third game before overcoming fifth-seeded Siti Munirah Jusoh of Malaysia 11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4.


With almost 50 ranking positions between them, it was a mighty result by Ivan Yuen when the 19-year-old Malaysian defeated England's top seed Chris Simpson, the world No45, to reach the semi-finals of the $10,000 PSA World Tour event. 


Yuen, who treats Chennai as his best hunting ground having won the Asian Junior Championship there this year, had variety in his armour.  After the rivals were level two-all, the teenager brought all his resources into play to win the decider and the match 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2 in 70 minutes.


Sixth seed Yuen now plays his compatriot Muhd Asyraf Azan after the No5 seed upset fourth-seeded Australian Matthew Karwalski 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 in a 60-minute marathon.


The other men's semi-finals will the one predicted by the seedings – between third seed Mathieu Castagnet of France and second-seeded Mark Krajcsak of Hungary.