The world number 17 from India staged a brilliant comeback for a 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 result in the quarterfinals at the iconic Grand Central Terminal here.
In the year of the CWG and Asiad, the tournament was a perfect preparation for the seasoned trio of Dipika, Joshna and Ghosal who continue to bring laurels to the country.
It is an important year for Indian squash with Asian Games and Commonwealth Games scheduled.
Earlier, Ramit Tandon, Mangaonkar and Senthilkumar posted comfortable wins over their Iraqi opponents to get the team off to a flying start.
He was also battling a bacterial infection and ‘wasn’t feeling all that great’. Did have a hard few months, mentally wasn’t the easiest,” he remembers.
India’s squash contingent begins a hectic 10 months on tour with a trip to Malaysia for three events (Asian and World team for men and Asian for women) over the next two weeks.
The Asian Team Championship, a biennial event was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
India dished out a dominating performance as both the men's and women's teams won their respective matches by an identical 3-0 margin.
In the women's singles, both Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik also made it to the quarterfinals.
Ghosal, who had lost the bronze medal play-off in Glasgow four years ago, gets another shot at making history.