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Asian Games Squash: Saurav Ghosal powers into final, aims for 1st individual gold

Saurav Ghosal defeated Hong Kong's Chi Hin Henry to qualify for the men's singles final. He sets sight on the first individual gold medal now.

Saurav Ghosal

Saurav Ghosal at Asian Games (Source: Getty Images)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 4 Oct 2023 3:06 PM GMT

Indian squash maestro Saurav Ghosal storms into the final of the men's singles squash event at the 19th Asian Games, setting his sights on his ninth medal and a historic first individual gold.

Ghosal's remarkable journey to the final was punctuated by a dominant performance, defeating Hong Kong's Chi Hin Henry in the semifinals.

Ghosal, a stalwart in Indian squash, has been a shining star in the Asian Games since his debut in 2006. His consistent brilliance on the squash court has now culminated in an impressive collection of nine medals, spanning both individual and team events, across five editions of the games.

The semifinal clash against Chi Hin Henry began with an unmistakable aura of Saurav Ghosal's dominance. The first game witnessed extended rallies, precisely the kind that Ghosal thrives in to wear down his opponents.

Chi Hin had no response to the relentless pressure applied by Ghosal. This narrative persisted in the second game, as Ghosal continued to dictate the pace of the match. Although Chi Hin started the third game with a three-point lead and a punching-the-air celebration, Saurav made his comeback to qualify for the finals 3-0 (11-1, 11-2, 11-7).

Ghosal's quarterfinal match against Ryunosuke also reflected his dominance, with a commanding victory (11-5, 12-10, 11-3). His relentless pursuit of excellence left no room for his opponent to stage a comeback.

As Saurav Ghosal readies himself for the final, the entire nation eagerly anticipates his quest for a historic gold medal.

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