Commonwealth Games 2022 squash: Saurav Ghosal through to singles semis, Joshna Chinappa out

Saurav Ghosal emerged victorious in four games against Greg Lobban while Joshna Chinappa lost in straight games to Hollie Naughton at CWG 2022.

By Rahul Venkat
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Veteran Indian Saurav Ghosal progressed to the men’s singles semi-finals in squash at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Monday.

Saurav Ghosal, playing in his fourth CWG, beat Scotland’s Greg Lobban 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3) at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

It was an evenly contested opening game as both players engaged in long rallies for most points.

However, Saurav Ghosal found the better angles with his low shots, using the side wall frequently to take the opening game.

In the second game, Lobban - a former doubles world champion - went to an early 3-0 lead but Ghosal did not allow him to go too far, clawing back at 5-5 with some good front court play. However, the Scotsman was sharp enough to claw back into a lead and level things up by winning the game.

The Indian squash player quickly got back on top in the third game.

With both players tiring, the pace of the rallies became slower in the fourth game. Lobban was visibly more affected and Ghosal closed out the match with ease.

He will next take on New Zealand’s Paul Coll, the Gold Coast 2018 singles silver-medallist, in the semis on Tuesday. 

Earlier in the day, Joshna Chinappa bowed out of the women’s singles after losing 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 15-13) to Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the quarter-finals. The doubles world champion gave it her all but was unable to force Naughton into errors and continues to search for a CWG singles medal.

India’s Sunayna Kuruvilla won her women’s singles plate quarter-final, for players knocked out in earlier rounds, by beating Sri Lanka’s Chanithma Sinaly 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-2). She will now take on Pakistan’s Faiza Zafar in the plate semi-finals.

Joshna Chinappa still has the women’s doubles to look forward to in squash at CWG 2022 as she will partner Dipika Pallikal in the event.

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