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Squash: Malaysia women, India men win team golds in Incheon

World No. 1 Nicol David (far left), Delia Arnold, Vanessa Raj and Low Wee Wern ensured Malaysia retained the women’s team title at the Asian Games. Photo: AFP.

World No. 1 Nicol David (far left), Delia Arnold, Low Wee Wern and Vanessa Raj ensured Malaysia retained the women’s team title at the Asian Games. Photo: AFP.

September 27, 2014: Led by World No. 1 Nicol David, Malaysia beat India 2-0 to retain their women’s team gold in the Asian Games in Incheon on Saturday, while the country’s men lost 2-0 to a fired-up India side led by Asia No. 1 Saurav Ghosal.

 

Malaysia No. 3 Delia Arnold set the mood for the women’s final by beating Anaka Alankamony 3-0 (11-9, 
12-10, 11-2).

 

David, No. 1 since August 2006, then beat Dipika Pallikal 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-3) to secure the gold medal for Malaysia. It was David’s second gold in the event after beating compatriot Low Wee Wern to win the singles final for the fourth time in five editions.

 

“We have a great team and I am glad that we managed to retain the title,” David told The Star newspaper. “It’s not easy retaining the two gold medals that we won in 2010 (Guangzhou), but there is a lot of confidence in the team and we are just happy with effort.”

 

It was the reverse in the men’s team event as third seeds India celebrated wildly after beating Malaysia 2-0 in
 the final.

 

Harinder Pal 
Sandhu beat Mohd Azlan Iskandar 3-1 (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4) before Ghosal eventually triumphed over Ong Beng Hee in a five-game thriller (6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9), running across the court in a frenzy after securing gold.

 

Saurav Ghosal celebrates after beating Ong Beng Hee 3-2 to secure gold for India's men. Photo: c/o WSF.

Saurav Ghosal celebrates after beating Ong Beng Hee 3-2 to secure gold for India’s men. Photo: c/o WSF.

Runners-up to Malaysia in the qualifying group after losing to the second seeds, India made it to the final after defeating Kuwait in the semi-finals, with Ghosal avenging his surprise defeat to Kuwaiti number one Abdullah Al Muzayen in the singles final.

 

The team successes earned India a total of one gold, two silvers and a bronze in Incheon. The country achieved three bronze medals at Guangzhou four years ago.

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