India women squash team recently won silver medal as they lost to Malaysia by 0-2 margin in the final of Asian Team squash Championships. Although, India's performance was better than their bronze-medal finish in the earlier edition of the championship.
Indian player Sachika lost in the straight games 7-11 6-11 10-12 to Sivasangari Subramaniam in the first match and India’s top player Joshna Chinappa provided a tough fight to Delia Arnold, who finally prevailed with 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory.
In the previous meetings, she had lost to Delia Arnold. There was promise of changed scenario after Joshna powered her way for the first game. She took her time, avoided making mistakes and forced the rallies to trip Joshna even though points for a long time were almost equal. Then came the turning point that came in the second game when Joshna on game-ball erred but Delia was not one to miss such opportunities. She found her way to grab the second game and from there keeping a low pace and concentrating more on returns, kept testing Joshna's patience to good purpose.
Dipika Pallikal was not required to play the third match.
In the male section, Pakistan continued their dominance at the 18th edition of the Asian Squash Team Championship in Taiwan as they won their fourth successive and 15th overall title after defeating Hong Kong 2-0 in the final. Pakistan earlier defeated arch-rivals India in the semi-final to book their place in the final.
According to national coach Cyrus Poncha it was a pleasing performance and he said that "The boys lost a close tie against Pakistan and that too without Saurav Ghosal and the girls made steady progress, even took out the top seed Hong Kong. Yes, the final in the end proved heartbreaking but there is promise that this team will bring more laurels in the year”.
The Asian Team Championships are the international squash competition played between teams representing different nations organised by the Asian Squash Federation. In male section, Pakistan throughout has been a continuous dominant force.