The Indian women’s squash team caused a huge upset on Day 13 of the Asian Games 2018 as they knocked out defending champions Malaysia to enter the women’s team final.
The Indian team, comprising of Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna defeated Malaysia 2-0 to assure itself of at least a silver medal.
Chinappa was the first to play on court against the legendary Nicol Ann David, who had defeated her in Dipika Pallikal in the women’s singles semifinals.
Chinappa stunned David, who is currently world no. 6, and widely regarded as one of the greatest women’s players ever.
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Chinappa won 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11 against David. Incidentally, Chinappa had defeated David for the first time in her career in April earlier this year, at the El Gouna International Squash Tournament in Egypt.
It was then Dipika Pallikal’s turn to take over the mantle from Chinappa, as she beat Malaysian Open champion Low Wee Wern 2-11, 9-11, 6-11.
Pallikal’s win sealed the tie for India, who will now meet either one of Hong Kong or Japan in the final. Before this, Malaysia had never failed to win the women’s team gold at the Asian Games, ever since the event was introduced at the Guangzhou 2010 games.
The Indian men’s squash team will play Hong Kong in the semifinals later in the day.
News Credit: India Today