Incheon Asiad: India primed for best-ever showing in squash

Incheon: The Indian squash team spearheaded by men's top seed Saurav Ghosal goes into the Asiad beginning today with a bright chance of winning medals in all four events on offer.

India managed to win four medals (all bronze) since the racket sport was introduced in the 1998 Games but that modest tally could be matched or even improved in the Incheon edition provided the team plays to its potential.

The country’s highest-ranked player and World No 12 Dipika Pallikal, too, has said that a medal each in men’s team, men’s individual, women’s team and women’s individual is a real possibility.

Two of India’s bronze has come courtesy 16th ranked Ghosal, who by his own admission may not get a better opportunity to win a gold. The Asia No 1 has got a bye in the men’s singles first round and will play the winner of the match between Jiaqi Chen and Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmead.

India also look set to secure their first women’s singles medal courtesy the controversial draw that pits top players Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in the same quarter of the draw.

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