India wins Asian Squash mixed doubles championship

The Indian duo outplayed their opponents in a hard-fought contest, securing an 11-10, 11-8 victory to claim the gold medal.

Bhavana P

The Indian team of Dipika Pallikal and Harinderpal Singh Sandhu recently won the inaugural Asian Squash Mixed Doubles Championship in Hangzhou, China, held from June 27-30, defeating the Malaysian team of Rachel Arnold and Ivan Yuen 11-10, 11-8.

In a challenging first game where the scores were deadlocked 10-10, the seasoned Indian duo maintained their composure and eventually scored the winning point. In the second game, Malaysia's Arnold and Yuen put up a heroic fight and won 6-5. Sandhu and Pallikal, however, were able to withstand the pressure and dominate the last match to seal their win.

It was a double-medal day for India as the young pair of Anahat Singh and Abhay Singh, who faced defeat against the Malaysian duo in the semi-final, clinched the bronze medal.

Praising the medal winners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Proud moment for India as our team concludes the Asian Squash Mixed Doubles with a Gold Medal for Dipika Pallikal & Sandhu Harinder and Bronze for Anahat Singh & Abhay Singh. Congrats to our players on their outstanding performance! All the best for future endeavours.”

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