Jakarta, Aug 25: India's squash star Saurav Ghosal went home with a bronze after going down in the semifinals at Asian Games 2018 here on Saturday (August 25). Having won the first two sets, Ghosal let the advantage slip away and lost to Hong Kong China's Chung Ming Au and eventually lost 2-3.
With Ghosal, who was seeded No. 1 in this category, India's challenge in squash comes to an end. This is India's third bronze medal in squash after compatriots Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa also settled for a bronze medal.
Top seed Ghosal lost to 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men's singles semifinals. Ghosal had won a silver in the men's singles in the 2014 Asian Games.
Pallikal settled for a bronze in squash women's singles after losing 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 lost to the Malaysian stalwart and former world number one by 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) in the semifinals.
Hat-trick of medals in squash today!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018
India's most successful squash player @SauravGhosal has won a 🥉 medal in Squash Men's Singles. This is his 6th Asian Games medal. What a champion he has been for India! #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia
While Chinappa too was ousted from the semifinals and took away a bronze medal after losing 3-1 to Malaysia's Sivasangari Subramaniam.
A very exciting semifinal in squash Men's singles b/w @SauravGhosal seeded 1 & Au Chun Ming seeded 3 of Hong Kong!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 25, 2018
WE ARE LEADING 1-0!
Fingers crossed for an Indian victory! pic.twitter.com/vyzFkaMu4J
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.
India have so far bagged 17 bronze medals and a total of 28 medals in the quadrennial extravaganza.