Dipika Pallikal,Asian Games 2018,Asian Games 2018 squash Dipika Pallikal lost to Nicol David in the women’s squash semifinals of Asian Games 2018.(Twitter) India’s top squash player Dipika Pallikal Karthik today settled for a bronze medal, her second at the Asian Games 2018, after losing her semifinal match to Malaysia’s Nicole David, one of the most formidable players the game has seen.
Dipika led 5-2 and 4-1 in the first two games but three-time defending champion Nicol had enough experience to race away with a 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 win in the semifinal.
Dipika, who had won a bronze at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, said playing against former world number one Nicol, currently ranked ninth, was not easy.
“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,” she said.
The 26-year-old Dipika said 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.
The Indian women’s team had won a silver in Incheon.
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Asked if a few calls which went against her perturbed her, Dipika said, “We are used to it. It’s part and parcel of the game. She has been playing Asian Games for a long time, she is very experienced. I think you have take positives out of it. I am only 26, I have few more Asian Games to go. Hopefully I welcome back strong.”>