Glasgow: April 7 (IANS) India’s top female squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, the country’s best hope for a medal at the 2022 World Squash Doubles Championships, got their campaign back on track by winning their third match at the preliminary group stage.
Seeded third, the Indian pair, who had lost their second match to Australians Rachael Grinham and Donna Lobban, kept their hopes alive by defeating Hong Kong’s Tsz-Wing Tong and Ho Tze-Lok 11-9, 11-8 in 23 minutes at the Scotstoun Leisure Center here on a Wednesday night.
Dipika and Joshna are currently third in Group B. The top two teams from the two groups (AB) will advance to the semi-finals while the remaining teams will play qualifying matches.
On Tuesday, Dipika and Joshna won their first match against Malaysian couple Ainaa Ampandi and Yiwen Chan. However, they were narrowed down to Rachael Grinham and Donna Lobban from Aus’ralia.
The Indian pair, two-time Commonwealth Games medalists, will take on 11th-seeded Abbie Palmer and Kaitlyn Watts of New Zealand and second-seeded Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters of England in the remaining matches of the group, according to the website olympics.com.
In the mixed team event, second seeds Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal recovered well after falling to local favorites Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken 6-11 4-11 in Pool B.
The Indian pair, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, beat Malaysia’s Mohammad Syafiq Kamal and Aifa Azman 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 to return to contention. Ghosal and Dipika are currently second in the group with two games to go.
The mixed team event has four pools of five teams with the top two teams set to advance to the quarterfinals.
Vikram Malhotra and Joshna Chinappa, the second Indian pair in mixed doubles, opened their Group A campaign with an 11-6 11-8 victory against South Africans Jean-Pierre Brits and Alexandra Fuller.
In the men’s doubles, Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon, who was part of the bronze medal-winning Indian squash team at the 2018 Asian Games, finished third in Group E. The pair will play qualifying matches from Friday.