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Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal clinch bronze in squash mixed doubles event

Published at :August 8, 2022 at 6:04 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The pair's bronze is also India's 50th medal win at Commonwealth Games 2022.

The Indian squash pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal clinched the bronze medal in the mixed doubles event of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Ghosal/Pallikal pair beat the Australian pair of Cameron Pilley and Donna Lobban in straight games 11-8, 11-4 to secure the third position. The Indian pair wrapped the proceedings in less than half an hour.

Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal began their campaign by winning 2-0 against Peter Creed and Emily Whitlock of Wales in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, the Indian pair beat Zac Alexander and Rachael Grinham of Australia by the same margin 2-0.

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Their winning momentum came to a halt following the loss to Paul Coll and Joelle King of New Zealand 2-0 in the squash mixed doubles semifinals. It meant that the Indian pair lost the opportunity to better their previous CWG record. They had won silver at Gold Coast 2018.

Nevertheless, the mixed doubles bronze medal at Birmingham 2022 is another feature in the cap of this internationally acclaimed pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal.

A memorable campaign for Saurav Ghosal

Saurav Ghosal, 35, will have fond memories of CWG Birmingham 2022 when he decides to draw curtains on his exceptional career. He became the first-ever Indian singles player to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when he bagged the bronze by beating England's James Willstrop 3-0 (11-6, 11-1, 11-4).

The remarkable point in Saurav Ghosal’s win over James Willstrop was that the latter was the reigning CWG champion and also a former world number one.

Dipika Pallikal deserves appreciation as well. Although, she bowed out in the quarterfinals stage along with her partner Joshana Chinappa in the women’s doubles event. Dipika made amends though, winning the bronze with Saurav Ghosal in the mixed doubles. As a matter of fact, she gave birth to her twin sons in October last year and only returned to competitive squash in April this year.

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