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Commonwealth Games 2018 squash: Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa get silver

Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settle for silver in women’s doubles squash final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

other sports Updated: Apr 15, 2018 17:36 IST
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Hindustan Times, Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games 2018,Dipika Pallikal,Joshna Chinappa
Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa lost 9-11, 8-11 in the final of women’s doubles squash at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.(Twitter)

Defending Champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settle for silver after losing their women’s doubles final match to the New Zealand pair of Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy at the Commonwealth Games 2018 on Sunday.

Pallikal and Chinappa lost the final in straight games 9-11, 8-11 in just over 20 minutes.

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Coming into the final the Indian pair had lost just three games in their six matches but lost both of their games in the final to win silver.

Dipika was understandably unhappy with the contentious calls.

“There were some shocking calls as usual, those calls changed the match. They need to be looked at. If they don’t, then the game doesn’t grow,” she said.

“It’s sad to see, the players and game are growing, but the officials they’re not growing at all. It’s harsh for us players,” the player from Chennai added.

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Joshna too was disappointed with not winning the gold but found some consolation in the silver.

“It’s great that we could be in the finals, we had a great chance to win. The New Zealanders played really well, we had a few bad calls. It’s disappointing, but it happens, that’s sport. We still managed to get a silver four years later,” she added.

This is India’s and Dipika Pallikal’s second medal in squash at the Games after winning the silver in mixed doubles on Saturday.

First Published: Apr 15, 2018 08:45 IST