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Asian Games 2018: Indian men's and women's squash teams enter semifinals, assured of medals

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.

Reported by: PTI, Jakarta [ Updated: August 29, 2018 18:45 IST ]
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In their best ever show at the Asian Games, India were on Wednesday assured of two more medals in squash after the men's and women's teams advanced to the semifinals in Indonesia.

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.

India's top player Saurav Ghosal, who had been rested in the earlier matches, started the proceedings for the men's team as he beat Thailand's Poonsiri Phuwis 11-8, 11-4, 12-10.

Ramit Tandon then outclassed Phatraprasit Arnold 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 and Mahesh Mangaonkar routed Jivasuwan Natthakit 11-0, 11-6 11-2 in lop-sided contests to complete a 3-0 drubbing.

Earlier, the women's team comprising Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayana Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna continued its unbeaten run, defeating China 3-0 in penultimate pool match.

Having won all their matches so far, the final set of league matches on Thursday will decide whether India can top its group in the men's and women's sections.

Ghosal, Pallikal and Chinappa had won bronze medals in their respective singles event last week and with two more medals assured in the team event, this is turning out to be India's best ever show in squash.

India had won four medals in the last edition at Incheon, Korea. It included a maiden silver in women's team and a gold in men's team event.

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