Joshna Chinappa defeated eight-time world champion Nicol David, while the Indian women's squash team defeated defending champion, Malaysia, 2-0, to enter their second consecutive Asian Games final on Friday. The Indian team, consisting of Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna, is now guaranteed at least one silver. Joshna, number 16 in the world, had a point to prove after a crushing defeat against family foe Annie Au in the last group game against Hong Kong. India lost the 1-2 draw and finished behind Hong Kong, which resulted in a tougher opponent in Malaysia, the most dominant team in the history of the Games. The match was reduced to cable and was full of long and exhausting rallies. Joshna had a match ball at 10-9 in the fourth game, but Nicol David struggled to win the next three points, matching the opening singles in 2-2.
The support of the crowd was strongly in favor of Malaysia, but not enough to distract the gritty Indian. This time he turned the match ball at 10-9 to complete the biggest victory of his career in the Asian Games.
"I was very angry yesterday as you must have seen it, I did not play the way I was supposed to play, I talked to my parents and the coach and that helped, today, I just wanted to be myself, Nicol is a champion. clean game and today was no different, really happy to have arrived, "said Joshna after a win 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9.
Nicol David was kind in his defeat.
"Joshna really played, it was a very good match and I could not play my game A," said Nicol David after the loss.
World No. 19 Dipika Pallikal Karthik also did not play against his potential against Joey Chan yesterday. But today, in the second singles, he went out firing against the former number 5 in the world, Wee Wern.
The Indian's brute power was too much for Wee Wern, who is on a way back after a 20-month layoff for injuries. The score may not suggest, but it was a difficult game for Pallikal, who finally managed 11-2, 11-9, 11-7.
"Definitely, the plan was to shake it with my power, Wee Wern has been one of the best players and has already won three tournaments after her return, and I had to do it for Joshna, she played such a good game to take us to the edge of a victory, "said Dipika Pallikal.
"Hong Kong is as difficult to overcome as Malaysia, they have a very solid team, but our confidence has received a great boost after today," he added.
With the victory, India has equaled its best performance in the Games, having won a silver medal four years ago.