Hangzhou: The Indian squash teams made a strong start in the men’s and women’s events at the Asian Games with easy wins over Singapore and Pakistan. The third-seeded Indian women’s team consisting of the experienced Joshna Chinappa, 15-year-old Anahat Singh and Tanvi Khanna defeated Pakistan 3-0 in their opening match in Pool B. They were Harinder Pal Sandhu, Saurav Ghoshal, Abhay Singh registered a victory for the top seeded Indian team in the men’s category. opening game in 16 minutes. Lost 6, 11-3. The experienced Joshna, who is playing in the sixth season of the Asian Games, took only 13 minutes to defeat Noor Ul Huda Sadia, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7. Tanvi then established India’s dominance by defeating Noor Ul In Ijaz 11-3, 11-6, 11-2. The top two teams each from Pool A and Pool B will qualify for the semi-finals. Apart from India and Pakistan, Pool B has teams from Malaysia, China and Nepal.
In the men’s category, Harinder, who has returned from injury, was given a tough fight by Jerome Clement of Singapore in the opening match but the Indian player won the match 11-4, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7. that lasted. 39 minutes. Like Joshna, top Indian player Ghoshal, who is competing in his sixth Asian Games, defeated Samuel Kang 11-9, 11-1, 11-4 while Abhay Singh beat Marcus Phua in straight games 1 -7, 11-7, 11- 11. Defeated by -7.
The Indian men’s team has to face Qatar in the other match of the day while on Wednesday it will face the challenge of Pakistan. Apart from India, Singapore and Qatar, Pool A has teams from Pakistan, Kuwait and Nepal. The team led by Ghoshal won a bronze medal in the last Asian Games. The goal of the team this time is to win the gold medal like in 2014.
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