Asian Games 2014 – Team Event (24-27 Sept’14)

Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Sandhu played against all odds  to beat  tough Malaysian opponents 2-0 in the best-of-three men’s squash title contest to provide India with first ever gold in Asian Games. 

Giant killer Sandhu pulled off a shocker when he upset Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who had won the singles gold four years ago at Guangzhou, in four games after playing like a man possessed.

He played some very good shots from the forecourt and used the side walls beautifully to carve out a 3-1 victory  to give India a great 1-0 start.

Earlier, the Indian women were beaten 0-2 in the team final by Malaysia who were spearheaded by world no 1 Nicol David in the gold medal contest to settle for the silver.

Delia Arnold gave Malaysia the lead when she defeated a fighting Anaka Alankamony 3-0

Nicol David, then, expectedly got the better of India’s no 1 player Dipika Pallikal 3-0 to clinch the gold medal.

India, thus, emerged with a total haul of one gold (men’s team event), two silver (women’s team event and men’s individual event) and one bronze (women’s individual event) from the Games, their best show thus far in ASIAN GAMES.

ALL RESULTS:

MEN’S TEAM EVENT (GOLD MEDAL):

Final:

[3] INDIA bt [2] MALAYSIA         2/0

Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Mohd Azlan Iskandar          11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (58m)

Saurav Ghosal bt Ong Beng Hee        6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9 (88m)

Mahesh Mangaonkar v Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan       (match withdrawn)

Semi-finals:

[3] INDIA bt [4] KUWAIT 2/0

Mahesh Mangaonkar bt Ammar Altamimi     11-4, 11-3, 12-10 (37m)

Saurav Ghosal bt Abdullah Al Muzayen        11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3 (62m)

Harinder Pal Sandhu v Ali Bader Al-Ramzi (match withdrawn)

Pool B:

[3] INDIA bt JORDAN         2/1

[3] INDIA bt CHINA            3/0

[3] INDIA bt JAPAN             3/0

Final positions: 1 Malaysia, 2 India, 3 Jordan, 4 Japan, 5 China

WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT (SILVER):
Final:

[1] MALAYSIA bt [3] INDIA         2/0

Delia Arnold bt Anaka Alankamony 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 (43m)

Nicol David bt Dipika Pallikal            11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (29m)

Low Wee Wern v Joshana Chinappa (match withdrawn)

Semi-finals:

[1] MALAYSIA bt [2] HONG KONG CHINA       2/0

[3] INDIA bt REPUBLIC OF KOREA        2/0

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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