Squash: Saurav, Dipika enter mixed doubles final

The Indian duo defeat Paul Coll and Joelle King of New Zealand in the semifinal.

Dipika Pallikal (in picture) and Joshna Chinappa, the 2014 women’s doubles gold medallists, are well in the hunt to defend their title.   -  Getty Images

India’s squash pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal entered the mixed doubles final in the XXI Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford studios here on Friday.

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In the semifinals, Saurav and Dipika prevailed over the New Zealand pair of Paul Coll and Joelle King, stamping their class with a come-from-behind win — 9-11, 11-8, 11-10.

Dipika stayed on course to defend her title alongside Joshna Chinappa in the women’s doubles. The duo entered the semifinals via a defeat of Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd (Canada) 7-11, 11-5, 11-8.

Meanwhile, Dipika's husband Dinesh Karthik, ahead of his team's Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers in Kolkata, said he was following Dipika's exploits in the CWG. “I know Dipika is in to the finals of the mixed doubles, and in the semifinals of the women’s doubles. Come on, she is my wife, I know this much,” the KKR skipper stated.

The results
  • Men’s doubles (quarterfinal): Vikram Malhotra/Ramit Tandon lost to James Declan/James Willstrop (ENG) 11-10, 8-11, 5-11.
  • Women’s doubles (quarterfinal): Joshna Chinappa/Dipika Pallikal bt Samantha Cornett/Nikki Todd (CAN) 7-11, 11-5, 11-9.
  • Mixed doubles (semifinal): Saurav Ghoshal/Dipika Pallikal bt Paul Coll/Joelle King (NZL) 9-11, 11-8, 11-10.