Asian Squash Championships will now have two Indians in the finals who would be fighting to claim the coveted title. This is the first time ever in the Women’s Squash event where two Indians would be playing against each other.
Dipika Pallikal who is married to Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik was seeded No.4 in the tournament and she upset Top Seed Annie Au of Hong Kong 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 in a hard fought match whereas No.2 seed Joshna Chinappa who is also the playing partner for Dipika Pallikal Tong Tsz Wing of Hong Kong who was seeded at No.6 to win the match 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 to storm into the final.
Dipika took 50 minutes to stun Au. Au, placed No.11 in the World has defeated Pallikal in 7 of the last 10 clashes.
On the other hand, Sourav Ghosal became the first Indian male player to reach the Men’s Singles finals. He defeated No.5 seed Leo Au of Hong Kong with a score of 11-6 11-7 11-3. Ghosal will now face the top seedMax Lee of Hong Kong in final who has defeated Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 in 51 minutes.
While a Indian victory is ensured in Women’s finals, we will have t0 wait and see whether Sourav would win it for the first time in his career to lift the Asian Championships.