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Pallikal leaves painful past behind for long awaited CWG debut

other Updated: Jul 19, 2014 15:38 IST

Dipika Pallikal had long back taken the chill pill for the fever that forced her out of the the home Commonwealth Games and fours years on, India's top squash player is looking ahead to the Games in Glasgow, where she is aiming for medals in all three categories.

Pallikal, the first Indian to break into the world top-10, feels she has a shot at a medal in all events -- singles, doubles and mixed doubles -- despite stiff competition from Australia, England, New Zealand and Malaysia.

"It is hard to believe that it will be my first Commonwealth Games. Though I have a long way to go, it already feels that I have been on the road forever," 22-year-old Pallikal told PTI ahead of her departure to Glasgow on Friday.

Delhi was catastrophic for Pallikal, who pulled out of the home event, having failed to recover from a bout of fever.

She finds it "surreal" to be making her CWG debut eight years after turning pro.

"It was painful to be at the Games Village and not going on to compete. Hopefully, things will fall in place this time and I am able to help India win its first ever medal in the Games.

"I think I have a chance in all three events but I don't think about how far I can go and put pressure on myself. In singles, I will have to beat at least four good players to win a medal," said the Chennai-born player.

The World No.10, who is seeded sixth at CWG, will have to pull something special out of the bag for a singles podium finish in the presence of Malaysian World No.1

Nicol David, her seventh-ranked compatriot Low Wee Wern, England's reigning world champion Laura Massaro, her teammate Alison Waters and fourth-ranked Joelle King from New Zealand.