Jakarta, Aug 25: Indian women racqueteers Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshana Chinappa settled for bronze in the squash women’s singles after going down in their respective semi-final matches of the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.
While Dipika lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia, Joshana went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.
Great game by our noted squash player @DipikaPallikal! Congratulations for the Bronze medal in the @asiangames2018. She’s been consistently distinguishing herself and achieving remarkable success internationally. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/UaKXTOiJXm
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2018
The 26-year old Dipika had beaten Japanese Kobayashi Misaki 3-0 in the quarter-finals, while Joshana beat Hong Kong’s Chan Ho Ling by a similar margin to advance to the last four stage.
On paper I was the higher seed but it doesn't really mean anything in sports sometimes. I think she played really well. Disappointing to have a lead&then lose match,something I need to go back&work on: Joshna Chinappa, Bronze medal winner in women's singles squash #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/A3ExqgDVCZ
— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2018
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) August 25, 2018
At the Asiad, both losing semi-finalists bag a bronze and there is no bronze medal play-off.
David has won the Asian Games singles titles four times earlier.