CWG 2022: Saurav Ghosal-Dipika Pallikal power into squash mixed doubles quarterfinals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM: Top seeds Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal advanced to the mixed doubles quarter-finals with a clinical 11-8, 11-4 victory over the Welsh pair of Emily Whitlock and Pater credo at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
The combination of Pallikal’s powerful forehand and Ghosal’s deft backhand proved too good for the Welsh duo.
The first game was intensely contested with teams locked at 6-6. With four players on the court, referees also struggled to rule on no-lets and strike calls.
With India leading 3-4, a knock was awarded to the opposition and Pallikal didn’t look pleased.
Pallikal’s forehand was even deadlier in game two. From 2-2, the Indians took a 9-4 lead and Pallikal hit a game-winning forehand to finish the job.
Ghosal also had a spring in his step a day after creating history by winning the first-ever singles medal for India in CWG history.
The Indians won the world doubles title earlier this year and are expected to claim the gold medal here.
Earlier Thursday, Anahat Singh and Sunayna Kuruvilla participated in the women’s doubles pre-quarterfinals.
Anahat and Sunayna, both competing in the CWG for the first time, beat Yeheni Kuruppu and Chanithma Sinaly 11-9, 11-4 in the round of 16.
Delhi teenager Anahat, who also won a women’s singles round, hit a couple of clean winners in the match. A tougher test awaits Anahat and Sunayna in the pre-quarterfinals as they face Australian Donna Loban and Rachael Grinham.
Abhay Singh and Velavan Senthilkumar also recorded a straight win over Luca Reich and Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands to advance to the men’s doubles pre-quarterfinals.
The experienced mixed doubles duo of Joshna Chinappa and Harinderpal Sandhuhowever, suffered an 8-11, 9-11 round of 16 loss to Australia’s Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley.


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