Indian squash stalwarts Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal emerge champions in the Asian Individual Squash Championships

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Indian squash stalwarts Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal asserted India’s dominance in the Asian squash circuit by emerging champions in the Asian Individual Squash Championships at the National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghoshal pose with their titles after defeating their Hong Kong counterparts
Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal pose with their titles after defeating their Hong Kong counterparts

Saurav Ghosal, the top seed in the tournament, justified his billing by winning the final in straight sets. Leo Au Chun Ming, the winner of the 2015 edition of the tournament, did pose a threat to the World No. 10 in the first set, but Saurav made light work of himself in the next two sets to clinch the tie 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 in straight sets.

Joshna Chinappa, who was also the defending champion of the tournament, dropped the second set to Hong Kong’s Annie Au but steamrolled past her in the next two to beat her 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 in the finals.

While Tanvi Khanna lost to Chinappa in the final, Aparajitha Balamurukan and Sunayna Kuruvilla faltered in the third round itself. Saurav Ghosal was the lone male representative from India in the biennial extravaganza.

Overall, it was India’s best ever performance in the Asian meet as never before in history had the country won gold in both men’s as well as women’s event.