CWG 2022: Joshna Chinappa And Saurav Ghosal Give Hope To India
Indian squash players Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal had a big day on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games 2022. They both advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective women’s and men’s singles matches.
• Johsna Chinappa defeated Kaitlyn Watts of New Zealand in the women’s singles
• Saurav Ghosal beat world No 62 David Baillargeon in men’s singles
• Joshna Chinappa will take on Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the quarterfinals
• Saurav Ghosal will compete with Greg Lobban of Scotland in the quarterfinals
Joshna Chinappa V/S Kaitlyn Watts
The reigning world champion in women’s doubles Joshna Chinappa (35) faced a strong challenge from a younger Kaitlyn Watts (21) in the tournament. Kaitlyn made a surprise start that made Joshna struggle in the initial moments. The world No. 95 Kaitlyn sent the world No. 17 Joshna Chinappa to the wall with a reverse shot in the second round. But Joshna stormed back to match the pace of Kaitlyn Watt and won the match.
Joshna Chinappa took a 1-0 lead by first leveling the match at 8-8 and then winning the three points. The final score of Joshna Chinappa at the round of 16 match 3-1 was 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, and 11-6.
In the quarterfinals, Joshna Chiappa will compete with the world No. 20 Hollie Naughton from Canada.
Saurav Ghosal V/S David Baillargeon
It was an easy win for world No. 15 Saurav Ghosal as he proved a strong opponent for world No. 62, David Baillargeon, from Canada. A top-ranking squash player from India, Ghosal beat David 3-0 (11-6, 11-2, 11-6). Saurav is now gearing up to take on Greg Lobban of Scotland, who is No. 34 in the world.
The quarterfinal matches for women’s singles and men’s singles squash at Commonwealth 2022 will be played on Monday.