Mother of twins Deepika Pallikal shines on mixed day for India in squash

India had a mixed day at the 2022 Commonwealth Games squash events here on Thursday with Deepika Pallikal Karthik and Sourav Ghosal winning their match while Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sindhu in the round of 16 matches at the Birmingham University Hockey and Squash Centre. Knocked out. Here

There was success for India in the women’s doubles as Sanaina Karuvala and Anahit Singh won their match while the men’s doubles pair of Senthal Kumar Velavan and Abhay Singh also advanced to the next round.

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All eyes on the squash court were on the mixed doubles combination of Deepika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal as the latter won her first singles medal at the Commonwealth Games – a bronze. Deepika is playing her first Commonwealth Games less than a year after giving birth to twin boys. The pair won the mixed doubles title at the World Doubles in Glasgow where Deepika partnered Joshna Chinappa for the women’s doubles title in April this year.

On Thursday, Deepika and Soro defeated Wales’ Emily Whitlock and Peter Creed to win 2-0 (11-8, 11-4) in a one-sided encounter.

However, a major setback came when compatriots Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sindhu were defeated by Australia’s Donna Lubin and Cameron Peele. Joshna and Harinder lost 2-0 (8-11, 8-11) in the round of 16 match.

In the women’s doubles pre-quarterfinals, Sanaina and Anahat defeated Sri Lanka’s Yehini Karpoo and Chanitma Senali. They won 11-9, 11-4 in straight games to advance to the quarterfinals.

The men’s doubles pair of Senthil Kumar Velawan and Abhay Singh had an easy time beating Luca Reich and Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands, winning 11-3, 11-1 in double quick time. However, the focus was on the pair of Deepika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal and they did not disappoint the crowd as they emerged victorious.

Deepika said she got off to a tentative start but found her rhythm in time to win.

“The first few points were a bit fast. It’s my first time on a glass court in four years so I was worried about my length and rhythm, but we got it done. The knockout format of this competition gives you breath. “Don’t take any chances. Every point is important,” Deepika said after her match.

Deepika, who is married to India international cricketer Dinesh Karthik, spoke about her return to squash after becoming a mother, saying that she had always intended to take up the game.

“When I took a break, the plan was always to come back. I was 27 at the time so I knew I had a lot of years left in me. My husband and I decided to start a family and that’s what we did.” What did

“The plan was always to come back for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but unfortunately the Asian Games got postponed,” Deepika said.

Deepika found success soon after her return as she won the world doubles title with Sourav and the women’s doubles mixed doubles title with Joshna Chinappa.

“I still don’t know how I did it. I had the right people around me, I was very focused and I’m a goal-driven person. I’m back on the squash court after a gap of four years, the Commonwealth. Wanted to be fit enough for the games and get selected for the team.

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“Most importantly, I want to match the caliber of Soro and Joshna – their women’s doubles partner]and help them in their quest for a medal,” she said.

Deepika and Joshna won the women’s doubles title eight years ago in Glasgow in 2014 and silver in Gold Coast in 2018. He and Soro won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Gold Coast.

So, with such success, there will be questions about the possibility of returning to the PSA tour soon but Deepika said that she will have to discuss the matter with her husband Dinesh Karthik before taking that decision.

“Getting back on tour is something I have to sit down and think about. I have to think about my body and spend time with the boys. It’s definitely on the radar and I really want to do it. I think I have a few years left in me, but that’s a decision I will take after the Commonwealth Games.

“With Dinesh coming back [T20 international] The team leaves a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I’m not thinking about it, I’ll make that decision in a week.

“For now, it’s just an honor to be back,” the 30-year-old said.

Whatever she decides, Deepika’s focus right now is on playing in the Commonwealth Games and hoping to turn in her twin silver medals from Gold Coast.

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