India bag 3 squash bronze

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Aug 2018 11:00:45



INDIA’S squash singles campaign in the Asian Games yielded three bronze medals after Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Palikal and Joshna Chinappa lost their respective semi-final clashes.
Saurav Ghosal frittered away a two-set advantage to lose the men’s singles semi-final after Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa suffered defeats in the women’s singles semi-finals earlier in the day.

Irrespective of the defeats, this is India’s best ever show in the Asian Games in squash singles. In the 2014 Asian Games, India won two singles medals -- Ghosal had a silver and Dipika a bronze.

Ghosal was going great guns but lost 12-10, 13-11, 6-11, 6-11, 6-11 to Chun Ming Au from Hong Kong in an intense semi-final. In the first game, Ghosal trailed 4-9 at one stage but made a remarkable comeback to snatch the lead. In the second game, he had a 4-0 lead but Chun Ming was not in a mood to throw in the towel and stretched the Indian.

It was neck and neck at 8-8, 9-9 and 11-11 but Ghosal found a winner at crucial time to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Dipika lost her semi-final to Malaysian great Nicole David, one of the most formidable players the game has seen. Dipika led 5-2 and 4-1 in the first two games but three-time defending champion Nicol had enough experience to run away with a 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 win.