Commonwealth Games 2022 squash: Saurav Ghosal to play for bronze after semi-finals loss

Saurav Ghosal went down in straight games to Paul Coll of New Zealand in the semi-finals at CWG 2022.

By Rahul Venkat
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Indian squash player Saurav Ghosal lost the men’s singles semi-final 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-1) to New Zealand’s Paul Coll at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Tuesday.

However, Saurav Ghosal still has the opportunity to win his maiden CWG medal in singles as he will play the bronze medal clash either against England’s James Willstrop or Wales’ Joel Makin, who will play the other semi-final.

Saurav Ghosal went toe-to-toe against Paul Coll, the CWG 2018 silver-medallist, in the opening game. Both played some high-intensity squash, smashing the ball against the front wall and often winning points with soft drops to the side.

However, Coll enjoyed the better moments and clinched the tight opening game.

Thereafter, the Kiwi was at his best, giving Saurav Ghosal, playing in his fourth CWG, the run-around at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

In the third game, Coll raced away to an 8-0 lead and Ghosal only managed to win a solitary point before the Kiwi wrapped up the match to go into his second-consecutive CWG final.

Meanwhile, Sunayna Kuruvilla won her plate semi-final in the women’s singles, beating Pakistan’s Faiza Zafar 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-5).

Saurav Ghosal will play his bronze medal match on Wednesday and the mixed doubles in squash at CWG 2022 will also kick off as the pair of Joshna Chinappa/Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu will be seen in action.

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