There were mixed fortunes for the Indian squash team on Day 2 of the 18th Asian Individual Squash Championship 2015 as three Indians progressed into the quarter-finals while two bowed out. While both the Indian girls – Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective matches, Saurav Ghosal was the only one to advance on the men’s side.
Curtains came down on the campaigns of the reigning National Champion Harinder Pal Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar as they crashed out to lower-ranked opponents in the third round.
Clinical win for Dipika Pallikal; Joshna Chinappa stages a comeback victory
The Commonwealth Games gold-winning duo of Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa made it 2 out of 2 for Indian girls at the Asian Squash meet. World No. 24 Joshna Chinappa was the first to take the court at the International Squash Complex in Kuwait on Saturday. The Chennai girl needed a bit of time to get into the rhythm and posted a comeback 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 win over Li Dongjin of China.
Dipika, on the other hand, advanced smoothly into the quarters. The World No. 18 was flawless throughout the match and registered an 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 victory over ninth seed Vanessa Raj of Malaysia.
Easy win for Saurav Ghosal
Second seed Saurav Ghosal got stiff resistance from Pakistani Danish Atlas Khan in the second game but managed to eke out a win in straight games. The Asian Games gold medallist won his match 11-4, 11-9, 11-4. This is Saurav’s second consecutive triumph in straight games at the Asian meet.
Harinder Pal Sandhu, Mahesh Mangaonkar bow out
It was tough luck for National Champion Harinder Pal Sandhu as he failed to close out his match despite having clear advantage. Sandhu took a two-game lead over World No. 71 Farhan Zaman, but the Pakistani bounced back to take the next three games and win the match 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3.
46th-ranked Mahesh Mangaonkar, meanwhile, was thoroughly outplayed by World No. 70 Tsz Fung Yip of Hong Kong. The Indian lost 10-12, 4-11, 2-11.