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Dipika wins women's squash title, Shorbagy men's champion

Kolkata: India's fourth seeded Dipika Pallikal fought off a mid-match challenge to get past the higher ranked Emma Beddoes of Britain 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 and claim the $8,000 Women's International Squash Player's Association (WISPA) title here Saturday.

In an all-Egyptian men's final, Mohammed El Shorbagy edged out compatriot Tarek Momen 11-7, 3-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 after a five set thriller to win the crown at the $50,000 Professional Squash Association (PSA) Indian Challenger.

Eighteen-year-old Dipika, who has a world rank of 49, started off tentatively, conceding the first four points in the opening game at the Calcutta Racket Club.

But Dipikal, who had beaten top seed Sharon Wee in the semifinals to reach the title round, rallied back to take the closely fought game.

The Chennai-born Dipika set the tone in the second game with some brilliantly placed shots and powerful hits to send the crowd into raptures.

The third game provided a mixed fare, as the rivals played some great rallies but also conceded negative points. Emma won in the end to draw parity.

Dipika regained her control in the fourth game, forcing Beddoes to make some errors. The pressure was telling on world number 33 Emma as Dipika played some world class squash to bag her first senior international title.

"Feels great! I had won a lot of junior titles but this one is special. I am just 18, have a long way to go but this win will certainly boost my rankings and confidence. Very happy! Hope Commonwealth Games would be good," said a jubilant Dipika, who turned professional in 2006.

In the men's event, Tarek Momen's giant killing run came to an end as he bowed to the genius of Shorbagy.

Momen had outclassed second seed Cameron Pilley and fourth seed Mohd. Azlan Iskandar earlier in the tourney. (IANS)

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