Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Power into Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals: On Thursday, the top seeds in the doubles competition at the Commonwealth Games, Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal defeated the pair from Wales consisting of Emily Whitlock and Pater Creed with relative ease, winning 11-8 and 11-4.
After claiming this victory, the top seeds in the mixed doubles tournament moved on to the quarterfinals of the competition.
The powerful combination of Pallikal’s booming forehand and Ghosal’s excellent backhand shot was too much for the pair from Wales to overcome, and they lost the match.
The first match was a tough fight that concluded with the score tied at 6-6. It was a great way to start the tournament. The fact that there were four players on the court made it impossible for the referees to determine whether or not a player had committed a stroke or violated the no let rule. Even though India was already behind 3-4, the opposing team was awarded a stroke, and Pallikal did not appear pleased with the decision.
In the second match, Pallikal used a forehand shot that was significantly more dangerous than the one he used in the first match. When the Indians took off and surged to a 9-4 advantage, which was sealed off by Pallikal with a forehand winner, the score was knotted at 2-2. Ghosal had a spring in his step the day after creating history by winning the first-ever singles medal for India in the history of the CWG. This is something that anyone else would expect him to have because he had made history.
It was earlier this year when the Indians brought home the title for the global doubles competition, and it is expected that they will do the same here and bring home the gold.
In the women’s doubles tournament, Anahat Singh and Sunayna Kuruvilla earned a spot in the pre-quarterfinals earlier on Thursday.
Yeheni Kuruppu and Chanithma Sinaly were defeated by Anahat and Sunayna in a match for the round of 32. The final scores were 11-9 and 11-4 in favor of Anahat and Sunayna. Both of these competitors are participating in the Commonwealth Games for the first first time.
During the course of the match, the young player from Delhi known as Anahat, who had previously been victorious in a round of the women’s singles competition, blasted a number of winners that were quite decisive. In the round that comes before the quarterfinals, Anahat and Sunayna will fight against Donna Loban and Rachael Grinham of Australia, who will provide a more difficult obstacle for them to overcome.
In addition, the British Virgin Islands Luca Reich and Joe Chapman were eliminated from the men’s doubles competition by a single-game loss at the hands of Abhay Singh and Velavan Senthilkumar. This victory allowed Abhay Singh and Velavan Senthilkumar to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the competition. They were able to make progress as a result of this triumph.
The Indian mixed doubles duo of Joshna Chinappa and Harinderpal Sandhu was ousted by the Australian pair of Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley in the round of 16. This was despite the fact that both players had a great deal of prior experience. They were defeated in the match with scores of 8-11 and 9-11 respectively.
The fact that Joshna and Pallikal are the current holders of the women’s doubles world championship gives them a significant advantage over the competition and makes it likely that they will bring home their second gold medal in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
On Wednesday, Ghosal became the first Indian player to ever win a medal in a singles competition at the Commonwealth Games. Her victory earned her the bronze medal.