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India regains supremacy in squash

India regained supremacy in squash winning the men’s and women’s team gold medals on Wednesday. Fielding strong teams with top ranked internationals like Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Karthik, India usurped Pakistan which had won the titles in the past two editions. Joshna started the winning sequence downing Maria Toorpakai in straight games. Joshna prevailed over her opponent 3-0 in the team event.

Indian women squash team celebrates after winning gold against Pakistan in the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati on Wednesday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

The final round-robin tie turned out to be a virtual final as both India and Pakistan had won their previous league matches against Sri Lanka and Nepal. Young Sunayana Kuruvilla had to work hard to beat Sammer Anjum 3-2 in the second rubber to clinch the issue for India. India won three golds (women’s individual, team and men’s team) while Pakistan had to be content with one gold (men’s individual).

The results: Final round-robin ties: Men: India bt Pakistan 2-1 (Saurav Ghosal bt Nasir Iqbal 11-7, 11-8, 11-7; Ravi Dixit lost to Danish Atlas Khan 3-11, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11; Kush Kumar bt Farhan Zaman 11-3, 11-8, 12-10). Women: India bt Pakistan 2-0 (Joshana Chinappa bt Maria Toorpakai 11-8, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9; Sunayana Kuruvilla bt Sammer Anjum 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6; Dipika Karthik vs Sadia Gul 0-0).