India has been assured of a first-ever medal in women’s singles squash after the country’s top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa set up a showdown in the quarter-finals.
World No. 21 and India No. 2 Joshna Chinappa entered the last eight by winning her match convincingly 11-9 11-7 11-7 against 183rd ranked South Korean Song Sunmi. World No. 12 Dipika Pallikal soon followed her into the quarters by ousting 150th ranked Jinyue Gu of China. Dipika had a comparatively tougher time though as she faltered midway through the match but regrouped later on to win 11-6 10-12 11-6 11-4.
Indian Doubles Partners to Clash in Quarterfinals
It sets up a mouthwatering clash between the teammates and training partners who won the country’s first ever women’s doubles squash gold just few weeks back at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The two Indian doubles stars have been playing together since they were little girls. It will be interesting to see how the two friends and doubles partners adjust their games to account for the familiarity of playing each other.
The draw had created quite a storm prior to the Asian Games with Dipika even contemplating a pull out. This was as this was a repeat occasion when the Asian Games draw had ensured that only one Indian would progress to the semi finals. The winner of this quarter-final clash will be assured of a medal.
Saurav Ghosal Keeps India’s Hopes Alive in Mens Singles
In men’s singles, top seed Saurav Ghosal had an easy outing as he beat Jordan’s Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmad 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 to enter the men’s singles quarterfinals. However, there was no such joy for Harinder Pal Sandhu as he couldn’t put up any resistance and surrendered 4-11, 6-11, 2-11 to Kuwait’s Abdullah Kh Kh H M Almezayen in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals.