Chennai: India’s remarkable journey in the Squash World Cup 2023 continues as they secured a place in the semi-finals after a convincing victory over Japan in their third and final group match at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai. With a resounding 3-1 win, India maintained an unbeaten record in the tournament, topping their pool and cementing their status as strong contenders for the prestigious title.
The Indian squash team showcased their exceptional skills and resilience, overpowering their Japanese counterparts in a thrilling encounter. The match began with Joshna Chinappa taking on Satomi Watanabe. In a fiercely contested battle, Chinappa displayed her prowess on the court, rallying from behind to secure a hard-fought victory. The final scoreline read 2-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-5, and 7-5 in favor of Chinappa.
Next up was Saurav Ghosal, who faced off against Ryunosuke Tsuke. The match proved to be a gripping contest, with both players delivering exceptional shots and displaying remarkable stamina. Ghosal demonstrated his mental fortitude and exquisite shot-making abilities, eventually prevailing over his opponent with a score of 7-6, 6-7, 7-4, 3-7, and 7-5.
Thanvi Khanna further bolstered India’s dominance as she outclassed Akari Midorikawa in a dominant performance. Khanna’s superior court coverage and precise shots left Midorikawa struggling to find her rhythm. With a score of 7-4, 7-1, and 7-1, Khanna sealed a crucial victory for the Indian team.
Although Abhay Singh faced a defeat against Tomataka Endo in a closely contested match, the overall performance of the Indian team ensured their victory in the tie. Singh fought valiantly but fell short with a score of 6-7, 6-7, and 2-7.