The Indian hopes of getting the gold medal in the mixed doubles in squash of the XXI Commonwealth Games failed to materialise as the duo of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal went down fighting to Cameron Pilley and Donna Uruquhart (Australia) 8-11, 10-11 at the Oxenford studios here on Saturday.

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It was a tight contest all the way with both the pairs going all out in their attempt to outwit one another.

In the first set, it was almost equal until 8-8 before the Australians accelerated themselves to forge ahead, winning three points in a row. The second too witnessed an identical game pattern with Saurav and Dipika running their rivals close as the score remained at 10-all.

However, Cameron and Donna pushed themselves and got to the winning point to complete a
deserving victory.

Dipika, despite this loss, is still in the running for a gold medal as she and Joshna Chinappa got past Laura Massaro and Sarah Jane Perry (England) to get to the women’s doubles final. The reigning champions won the encounter 11-10, 11-5.