Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal took home the bronze medal after she lost to Malaysia’s Nicol David by 0-3 in women’s singles squash semifinal at the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday. Joshna Chinappa also missed out an opportunity of eyeing a gold medal as she lost her semifinal match in the women’s singles squash semifinal against Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam by 1-5 to settle for bronze.
On the other hand, despite leading 2-0 against Hong Kong’s Chun Ming Au in the men’s semifinals in squash, India’s Saurav Ghosal lost by 2-3. He picks up the bronze medal making it India’s 28th medal at the current games.
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu beat Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia by 21-12, 21-15 to enter the quarterfinals of women’s singles, while Nehwal defeated Indonesia’s Fitriani 21-6, 21-14 to reach the quarters. However, the duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were knocked out after they lost to world No.3 Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan.
In boxing, India’s Pavitra also qualified in the women’s light (60kg) quarter-finals after seeing off Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen. In weightlifting, India’s Vikas Thakur missed out a good chance of winning a medal and finished 8th in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event.
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In archery, India’s recurve campaign ended after the men’s team lost to South Korea 1-5 in the quarterfinals of the recurve event. In sepak takraw, India lost 0-2 to South Korea in men’s regu preliminary Group B match.
India is now standing at the ninth position with a total medal tally of 28 – six golds, five silver and 17 bronze.