Squash: Saurav, Dipika enter mixed doubles final

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

Dipika Pallikal’s successful squash career and wins in consecutive Commonwealth Games were credentials to merit an appointment.

Dipika Pallikal’s successful squash career and wins in consecutive Commonwealth Games were credentials to merit an appointment. | Photo Credit: Albert Perez

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.

  • 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.
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