It was India’s first singles squash medal in both men’s and women’s categories in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
India has now won only four medals in squash at the Commonwealth Games. Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa won gold in women’s doubles in 2014 and silver in 2018. Pallikal also won the mixed doubles silver with Ghoshal in the same year.
The 35-year-old Ghosal defeated CWG 2018 gold medalist Willstrop in the opening game, amplifying every sin to reach the Englishman’s trademark drops and replied with something of his own to win the game.
In the second game, Willstrop took a risk in his bid to go back to parity, which did not come and the veteran Indian played comfortably.
With the crowd cheering on Willstrop’s every move, Ghosal showed no pressure as he stuck to his plans in the third game, expanding the rallies and going on longer to win the match in straight games. Be ready to make the dream come true.
Meanwhile, Joshna Chinappa/Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu beat Sri Lankan pair Yeheni Kuruppu/Ravindu Lakshiri 2-1 (8-11, 11-4, 11-3) to enter the Mixed Doubles Round of 16. She will now face Australia’s Donna Lobban and Cameron Pillay.
On the other hand, Sunayna Kuruvilla defeated Marie Fung-e-Fat of Guyana 3-0 (11-7, 13-11, 11-2) to win the plate final in women’s singles.
Saurav Ghosal will return to action in squash at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Thursday, teaming up with Dipika Pallikal in mixed doubles while Anahat Singh will pair up with Sunayna Kuruvilla in women’s doubles.
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