India had a combined day within the 2022 Commonwealth Video games 2022 squash competitions on Thursday with Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal profitable their match whereas Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu getting knocked out within the Spherical of 16 matches on the Birmingham College Hockey and Squash Centre. There was success for India within the ladies’s doubles as Sunayna Kuruvilla and Anahat Singh received their match whereas the boys`s doubles pair of Senthilkumar Velavan and Abhay Singh additionally superior to the subsequent stage.
All eyes on the squash courtroom had been on the seasoned combined doubles mix of Dipika Pallikal, who’s married to Indian cricket star Dinesh Karthik, and Saurav Ghosal – after the latter bagged his first singles medal within the Commonwealth Video games – a bronze. Dipika is taking part in her first Commonwealth Video games lower than a yr after giving beginning to twin boys. The pair had received the combined doubles title within the World Doubles in Glasgow the place Dipika partnered Joshna Chinappa to the ladies`s doubles title in April this yr.
On Thursday, Dipika and Saurav received the higher of Emily Whitlock and Peter Creed of Wales, profitable 2-0 (11-8, 11-4) within the slightly one-sided encounter. Nevertheless, an enormous setback was the defeat suffered by compatriots Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu to Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley of Australia. Joshna and Harinder misplaced 2-0 (8-11, 8-11) within the Spherical of 16 match.
In ladies’s doubles pre-quarterfinals, Sunayna and Anahat received the higher of Yeheni Kuruppu and Chanithma Sinaly of Sri Lanka. They received in straight video games 11-9, 11-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
It was fairly simple for the boys’s doubles pair of Senthilkumar Velavan and Abhay Singh defeated Luca Reich and Joe Chapman of British Virgin Islands, profitable 11-3, 11-1 in double fast time. Nevertheless, the main focus was the pair of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal and they didn’t disappoint the gang as they emerged winners.
Dipika mentioned they made a tentative begin however received their rhythm in time to win. “The primary few factors had been a bit edgy. It`s my first time on a glass courtroom for 4 years so I used to be apprehensive about my size and rhythm, however we made it by means of. The knockout format of this competitors doesn’t provide you with any likelihood of a breather. Each level is necessary,” mentioned Dipika after their match.
Dipika talked about her return to squash after changing into a mom and mentioned it was at all times her intention to begin taking part in. “Once I took a break the plan was at all times to come back again. I used to be 27 on the time so I knew I had sufficient years left in me. Me and my husband made the choice to begin a household and that’s what we did. The plan was at all times to come back again for the Commonwealth Video games and Asian Video games, however sadly the Asian Video games had been postponed,” mentioned Dipika.
Squash: Star duo Dipika Pallikal & Joshna Chinappa cruise into QF of Girls’s Doubles with 2-0 win in 2nd spherical.
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Dipika discovered success quickly after her return as she received the combined doubles title on the World Doubles together with Saurav and the ladies`s doubles with Joshna Chinappa. “I nonetheless don’t know the way I did it. I had the precise individuals round me, I used to be very targeted and I’m a goal-driven individual. I needed to come back again to the squash courtroom after a four-year break, get match sufficient for the Commonwealth Video games and get chosen for the crew.
“Most significantly, I would like to have the ability to match the calibre of Saurav and Joshana – her ladies’s doubles accomplice and assist them of their quest to win a medal,” she mentioned.
So, with a lot success, there might be questions on the potential for a return to the PSA Tour quickly however Dipika mentioned she should focus on the matter together with her husband Dinesh Karthik earlier than taking that call.
“Returning to the Tour is one thing that I’ve to sit down and take into consideration. I’ve to consider my physique and having time with the boys. It`s undoubtedly on the radar and I actually wish to do it. I feel I’ve a couple of years left in me, but it surely’s a choice I’ll solely take after the Commonwealth Video games.
“With Dinesh being again within the (T20 worldwide) crew it leaves much more duty on my shoulders. I’m not desirous about it, I’ll make that call in every week or so. For now, it’s only a nice honour to be again,” mentioned the 30-year-old.
Regardless of the choice she takes, for the time being Dipika is targeted on taking part in within the Commonwealth Video games and hoping to transform her twin silvers from Gold Coast to twin gold medals.
(with IANS inputs)