Jakarta, Aug 25: India's squash champions Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa settled for a bronze in squash women's singles after losing their respective games in the semifinals at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 here on Saturday (August 25).
Dipika Pallikal lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia in the semifinals at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 here on Saturday (August 25). The Indian squash star was edged by the Malaysian stalwart and former world number one by 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) in the semifinals.
Great game by our noted squash player @DipikaPallikal! Congratulations for the Bronze medal in the @asiangames2018. She’s been consistently distinguishing herself and achieving remarkable success internationally. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/UaKXTOiJXm— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2018
Dipika had beaten Japan's Kobayashi Miskai 3-0 in the quarterfinals but she was no match to Nicol David, who came back strongly after losing the second game 9-11.
In a splendid performance, squash champion @DipikaPallikal bags a 🥉 medal in the Squash Women's Singles at the #AsianGames2018. WELL DONE!#KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/HVYrMw16Em— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018
Joshna Chinappa too took away a bronze medal after losing 3-1 to Malaysia's Sivasangari Subramaniam. This is India's 27th medal so far at Asiad.
After trailing 2-0 against Malaysian, Chinappa pulled back in the third set but failed in the next set to eventually bow out. She too had to settle with a bronze.
Hope @SauravGhosal makes up for the twin defeats of @DipikaPallikal & @joshnachinappa and improve the colour of India's two medals (bronze) so far in #Ssquash. He will play No. 21-ranked Chung Ming Au of HKG in his men's singles semis. Saurav is ranked No. 12. #AsianGames— Jaspreet Sahni (@JaspreetSSahni) August 25, 2018
With Joshna and Dipika bagging a bronze each and Saurav Ghosal yet to play his semi-final match, it still is India's best performance in singles competition in an Asian Games. In Incheon games, four years ago, Saurav secured a silver and Dipika claimed a bronze.