India eves went down 1-2 against New Zealand despite a commendable effort from Dipika Pallikal, to be out of race for a quarter-final spot in the World Women’s Team Squash Championship on Wednesday.
Dipika had given the Indian camp moments a great start when she outdid Megan Craig in straight games in the opening match. But the joy was shortlived as Joshna Chinappa could not produce the magic that had helped her beat Joelle King when the two met in a tournament in Malaysia last year.
Joelle never allowed the Indian to settle and in quick time reeled away two games.
Making a late start and showing her wonted touch, Joshna controlled the pace that helped her gain some ground with the third game. The tussle spilled over the next game with points going neck-to-neck. However, two crucial errors cost the Indian dearly as Joelle squeezed out the win at the end stage.
The deciding match was on the young shoulder of Sunayna Kuruvilla, who was facing a tough and experienced Amanda Landers Murphy. The inexperienced Indian, however, played her hearts out, failed to seal off the tie.
With two defeats in a Pool of four teams, India will now play the 9-17 placings matches. On the last occasion, India had finished 14th.