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Saurav Ghosal on the podium at CWG 2022

In a battle of veterans competing in what may be their final Commonwealth Games singles match, that of India Saurav Ghosal England defeated Jacob Willstrop to win a historical bronze.

This was India’s first medal in a CWG squash individual competition; Each of India’s three medals at the Games comes from doubles events.

Ghosal, who lost to Paul Coll in the semifinals yesterday, seemed determined from the start to win a medal. He started the first set aggressively and quickly took a 4-2 lead. He went on to win 11-6.

In the second set, the 38-year-old defending champion Willstrop was completely overtaken by Ghosal, who was three years his junior. Ghosal took a 5-0 lead and quickly won 11-1. The rallies in the third set were similar, with Ghosal answering every question the Englishman asked. Ghosal easily won the final set 11-4 and erupted in an emotional celebration with his teammates and family members in the crowd.

Ghosal had a 1-8 H2H record against Willstrop, but he scored in one of the highest-profile games of his career.

The camaraderie between Willstrop and Ghosal was shown by Willstrop congratulating the Indian on his victory; Willstrop’s late father, Malcolm, used to be Ghosal’s trainer.

Next, Ghosal will be in action at the Mixed Doubles competition in Birmingham. Ghosal becomes a partner of Dipika Pallikal. Ghosal and Pallikal had won silver at the 2018 CWGs and will try to improve the color of their medal.

Paul Coll wins men’s singles title

of New Zealand Paul Coll lived up to his reputation as a gold medal favorite in men’s singles, but not before being pushed to the limit by Welshman Joel Makin.

The gold medal match lasted over two hours. Makin won the first set surprisingly easily with 11:3. Coll came back and won a second set 11-9, but Makin fought back and won the third 11-8.

Reigning British Open champion Coll then showed why he is regarded as one of the game’s elite players by winning the last two sets 11-8 and 11-7 and winning his first CWG gold. Current world No. 2 Coll had to settle for a silver at Gold Coast 2018 after losing to Willstrop in the final.

This was also the first CWG men’s singles gold for New Zealand.

Coll is also a gold contender in mixed doubles, where he will partner Joelle King.

Georgina Kennedy wins gold in women’s singles

Canadian Hollie Naughtons The impressive run in women’s singles was ended by England Georgina Kennedy. World No. 20 Naughton had beaten higher-ranked players Joshna Chinappa and Joelle King to reach the final.

Kennedy, ranked No. 8 in the world, was tested by Naughton early in the first set but won 11-7. Kennedy won the second 11-5. The third set was an exciting battle, with Naughton giving up a 10-4 lead to fall 11-12 behind before eventually winning 14-12.

However, Kennedy came back strong in the fourth set, winning easily 11-5 to take England’s first-ever CWG women’s singles gold.

Sarah Jane Perry secured another podium finish for the host country by defeating defending champion Joelle King in a dramatic bronze medal match. Perry came back from two sets down to win 6-11 9-11 11-8 11-6 14-12.

Sunayna Kuruvilla wins the women’s singles plate final

of India Sunayna Kuruvilla She may have left the medal fight early on in WS competition, but she still has some consolation in the form of the Plate title.

Sunayna beat Guyanas Mary Fung-A-Fat 11-7 13-11 11-2 in the plate final.

Sunayna partners with 14-year-old squash sensation Anahat Singh in women’s doubles. Saurav Ghosal Wins India’s First-ever Individual Medal; Paul Coll takes gold » FirstSportz

Subhankar Mondal

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