Dipika Pallikal has settled down for a bronze in the squash women’s singles after losing to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia in the semi-finals at the ongoing Asian Games. Pallikal, who won a bronze in the last edition at Incheon, has ended up with the same result this time.
However, Pallikal, who lost to the Malaysian stalwart and former world number one 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) in the semi-finals, had started off on a good note. She won a couple of matches and had even beaten Japanese Kobayashi Misaki 3-0 in the quarter-finals.
Unfortunately, she could not overcome the pressure against David, who has won the Asian Games singles title four times till now. However, according to the rules, Pallikal immediately won a bronze after the loss without having to participate in a bronze-medal play-off.
“She is experienced and knows how to handle every situation, thrown at her. She was world number one for 10 years for a reason. I am happy I played well. It’s unfortunate that I was in top-half to play with Nicol,” Pallikal told PTI.
However, the 26-year-old has revealed that she had to forget the defeat and get focused on the winning the gold in women’s team event.
“We have a gold to achieve in team event. you can’t think much about what has happened in the singles. It’s hard to regroup and