Commonwealth Games 2022 squash: World champions Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa crash out of women’s doubles

Dipika Pallikal, however, advanced to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event with Saurav Ghosal.

By Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya
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The Indian squash pair of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa, seeded No. 1, bowed out of the women's doubles event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

On Friday at the University of Hockey and Squash Centre, the recently-crowned world champions were beaten 11-2, 11-7 by the Malaysian pair of Yiwen Chan and Ainaa Ampandi in the quarter-final.

“I’m still in shock," Yiwen Chan said after beating the top seeds. “We just wanted to enjoy the Games because it’s our first outing at a Commonwealth Games and we didn’t expect to go this far.

“We just hoped we could continue the momentum and we went out there without any pressure," Chan added.

Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who won the silver medal at Gold Coast 2018, made the quarters after schooling the Barbadian pair of Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood on Thursday.

Dipika Pallikal, however, advanced to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event with Saurav Ghosal. The Indian pair beat Rachael Grinham and Zac Alexander of Australia 2-0 (11-9, 11-5).

In the mixed doubles semi-finals, the duo of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal will face Paul Coll and Joelle King of New Zealand on Saturday.

In the men's doubles, the Indian pair of Abhay Singh and Velavan Senthilkumar stunned third seeds Alan Clyne and Douglas Kempsell of Scotland to cruise into the quarter-finals. The Indians bounced back from being down at 8-11 in the first game to seal the last two games 11-10, 11-8.

Abhay and Velavan had beaten the pair of Luca Reich and Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands 11-3, 11-1 in the Round of 32.

They will meet Eain Yow Ng and Ivan Yuen of Malaysia on Saturday.

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