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Asian Games 2018 | Dipika Pallikal bags bronze in women’s squash

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Asian Games 2018 | Dipika Pallikal bags bronze in women’s squash

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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 comeback but we have to do it. We don’t want to celebrate as yet, we have a bigger target to achieve,” she said.

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