Pallikal ensured her graduation to the world of professional squash
picking up her maiden WISPA title outclassing second-seeded Emma Beddoes
of England 3-1 in the women's final of the Indian Challenger at the
Calcutta Racket Club.
showed a better fitness level than her English opponent and effectively
made the latter slog for the returns with her clever drops and boasts.
Trailing 1-5 at one point, Dipika produced a series of winners to bring
the score level at 7-7 while persisting in her attack to win the game
the second game dipika worked up an 8-3 lead maintaining her level of
consistency and winning 11-8. Emma, apparently unnerved by the level of
her opponent's game, made a desperate comeback bid and succeeded a bit in
the third game where she caught Dipika relaxing and made the scoreline
2-1, winning the game 11-9.
up by the reverse, Dipika was back to her devastating form and made short
work of her opponent winning the fourth game 11-6 and the match.
THIS TOURNAMENT WAS HELD FROM 4TH -
9TH FEBRUARY 1997 AT CALCUTTA. THE ONE THING EXCEPTIONAL WAS THE
PERFORMANCE GAJENDRA SINGH OF JODHPUR, WHO UPSET 4TH SEED KALIA AND
ENTERED THE SEMIFINALS, ARJAN SINGH REIGNED SUPREME DEFEATING RAJDEEP
BRAR IN THE FINALS.
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