India’s leading squash player Saurav Ghosal won the men’s singles bronze medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
The number one ranked Indian defeated James Willstrop 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 to win India’s first bronze medal in squash singles at the CWG since the sport was introduced in 1998.
Saurav Ghosal dominated from the word go as he took charge of the match with quick moves down the line and powerful shots. This ensured that they did not make the same mistakes in their semi-final defeat in the third-fourth place match.
After the win, Sorrow climbed into the stands to share the moment with his family members in the crowd.
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World No. 15 Ghosal defeated Sri Lanka’s Shamail Vakil 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 in the first round, followed by Canada’s David Baillargeon 11-6, 11-2, 11-6 in the second round. Defeated. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Scotland’s Greg Lubin 11-5 8-11 11-7 11-3 in the second set.
But in the semi-finals, he had to face the defeat of New Zealand’s Paul Cole 9-11, 4-11, 1-11.
Kolkata-based Ghosal, 35, became the first Indian player to break into the world’s top 10 during the 2018-19 campaign.
James Willstrop’s late father, the legendary Malcolm Willstrop, was Saro’s coach.
India’s Sanaina Kurvela defeated Guyana’s Fung-A-Fate in the women’s squash single plate final at CWG 2022 on Wednesday. Sanaina defeated her Guyanese opponent 11-7, 13-11, 11-2 in what turned out to be a comfortable victory for the 23-year-old squash player.
The mixed doubles pair of veteran Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sindhu reached the pre-quarterfinals. The vastly experienced Chinappa and his partner Sindhu defeated Sri Lanka’s Yehini Karupo and Ravindu Luxiri 8-11 11-4 11-3. The Indians were a bit shaky at the start and ended up losing the first game.
India has already won a bronze medal in weightlifting on Day 6 of the 2022 CWG, Lopreet Singh with a men’s 109kg total of 355kg – 163kg in the snatch, 192kg in the clean and jerk.
India’s medal tally now stands at 14 – five gold, four silver and five bronze.
(with input from agencies)
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