Indian Squash Duo Dipsika and Harinder Enter Mixed Doubles Final; Anahat and Abhay Secure Bronze
Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Singh advance to the mixed doubles squash final, while Anahat and Abhay secure a bronze medal at the Asian Games.
The Indian mixed doubles squash pair, consisting of 15-year-old Anahat Singh and Abhay Singh, faced a 1-2 defeat against the Malaysian duo Aifa Binti Azman and Mohd Syafiq Kamal in the semifinal, ultimately securing a bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games.
In a closely contested match, the Indian pair battled hard but fell short, losing 11-8, 2-11, 9-11 in the deciding game against their Malaysian opponents.
Meanwhile, in the mixed team event, the Indian duo of Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Singh advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over Hong Kong’s Lee Ya Ki and Wong Chi Him.
Dipika and Harinder displayed their resilience by recovering from a first-game loss to win 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 in a tightly contested semifinal match that lasted 38 minutes. It’s worth noting that mixed doubles squash made its debut at the Asian Games in 2022.
In the initial stages of the match, Dipika and Harinder faced a 0-3 deficit, and despite their efforts to mount a comeback, the Hong Kong pair extended their lead to 5-1. Although the Indians narrowed the gap to 4-6, their opponents maintained control and secured the first game 11-7 in just 10 minutes.
The second game saw both teams locked in a close contest until the Indian duo surged ahead with five consecutive points, establishing an 8-3 lead. They eventually closed out the game with an 11-7 victory in 10 minutes.
The third game witnessed a neck-and-neck battle, with the score tied at 4-4. Dipika and Harinder maintained their composure and leveled the scores regularly until 9-9, after which they secured the next two points, winning the game and the match, thus securing a place in the final.
The gold medal match for mixed doubles squash is scheduled for Thursday. India has already achieved a gold medal in the men’s team event and a bronze in the women’s team at the Hangzhou Games.