Once the International Olympic Committee's Session in Mumbai gave its nod to the inclusion of squash in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, it was the 'booster' moment for many.
In the first national championship since the inclusion of squash in the Olympics, athletes believe they now have a bigger goal, but at the same time, there are many years to reach Los Angeles 2028.
In the women’s category, Maharashtra’s Urvashi Joshi fought well against Anahat, but couldn’t get past the teenager who bagged the match 11-7, 11-3, 11-8.
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In the ongoing Games, India has already won two golds and a bronze medal in Squash and Saurav Ghosal is scheduled to play the men's singles final later in the day.
The Indians eked out an 11-10 and 11-10 win over Aifa Binti Azman and Mohammad Syafiq Bin Mohd Kamal in 35 minutes.
India could end up with an unprecedented three gold medals from the squash courts with the mixed doubles duo of Dipika Pallikal and Harinderpal Sandhu also reaching the title clash.
Dipika and Harinder defeated Jemyca Aribado and Andrew Garica of Philippines 7-11, 11-5, 11-4 in the quarterfinals match.
With the gold medal match-up tied 1-1, Abhay Singh had to face the same opponent he lost against on Wednesday.
India, thus, set up a marquee gold medal clash with Pakistan, against whom they lost in the pool stage and will seek revenge heading into the final.
The trio of veterans Joshna Chinappa, Anahat Singh and Tanvi Khanna went down 1-2 to Hong Kong.
At 15, in her first-ever Asian Games, she helped lay down the foundation for a medal in the women's team event alongside seasoned campaigner Joshna Chinappa and Tanvi Khanna.
The men's team comprises Saurav Ghosal, Abhay Singh, Mahesh Mangaonkar and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu. The women's team includes Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Anahat Singh and Tanvi Khanna.
It meant that if Fayrouz Aboelkheir could avenge her pool stage defeat to Aira Azman, Egypt would have an unassailable lead as points won by first string players are worth double.
Karim El Hammamy opened the account for his team with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tomotaka Endo in the first match to give Egypt the lead.
In the last match of the tie, Xin Ying Yee took a shock lead against Kenzy Ayman but the latter came back to secure the match.
Tsukue flew into the lead with a 7-1 victory and never looked like letting it slip, taking game two 7-4 and game three 7-1.
Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal, who spearhead India’s challenge came off with contrasting victories over their opponents.
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Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal will spearhead India’s challenge. The duo have a plenty of experience and will look forward to exploit the home conditions.