The Pakistani squash players have showcased their prowess in the singles event at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, leaving their mark on the tournament.
Asim Khan, representing Pakistan, delivered a remarkable performance by defeating Aaron-Jon Widjaja Liang from Singapore with a score of 3-1. Asim displayed great resilience after losing the first game, bouncing back to secure victory by winning the subsequent three games.
In another impressive victory, Nasir Iqbal triumphed over Natthapat Theerasilp of Thailand with a clean sweep, winning all three games. Nasir’s victory earned him a well-deserved spot in the men’s singles round of 16.
In the women’s singles category, Pakistan’s Noor-ul-Ain exhibited her skills by defeating Khulan Purevjav from Mongolia with a score of 3-0. Noor’s exceptional performance secured her a spot in the round of 16 for women’s singles.
However, it was a day of mixed results for Pakistan in the doubles category, as they faced defeat at the hands of India in both matches. In the mixed doubles event, India’s Abhay Singh and Anahat Singh outclassed Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman and Sadia Gul with a score of 2-0 in Pool D. Similarly, in Pool A, Noor Zaman and Mehwish Ali from Pakistan faced defeat with an identical scoreline against India’s Harinder Pal Singh and Dipika Pallikal.
The intense rivalry between Pakistan and India was further highlighted as India secured victory over Pakistan in the final of the men’s squash team event, clinching the gold medal. Despite Pakistan’s commendable performance throughout the tournament, they settled for a silver medal in the end.
The final commenced on a high note for Pakistan when Nasir Iqbal secured a convincing victory by defeating Mahesh Mangaonakar with scores of 11-8, 11-3, and 11-2 in the first match of the final.
However, India quickly regained momentum as Saurav Ghosal delivered a dominating performance, defeating Mohammad Asim Khan with a score of 11-5, 11-1, and 11-3 in a one-sided contest.
The ultimate decider was the final match between Noor Zaman and Abhay Singh. This nail-biting encounter between two talented players stretched over five intense sets, lasting for 65 minutes and becoming the longest match of the final.
Abhay Singh claimed the first game comfortably, but Noor Zaman mounted an impressive comeback, winning back-to-back games and taking a 2-1 lead after the third game. Singh’s remarkable display in the fourth game set the stage for an intense fifth and final set, which lasted for 14 minutes — the longest of the match.
In a thrilling climax, Noor Zaman held a 10-8 lead and was just one point away from securing the gold for Pakistan. However, Abhay Singh displayed incredible resilience, mounting a comeback and eventually securing the accolade for India by winning the final game with a score of 12-10.
Abhay Singh emerged as the victor with scores of 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, and 12-10, securing the gold medal for India.
The competition between Pakistan and India in squash at the Asian Games showcased the remarkable talent and sportsmanship of both nations, leaving fans eagerly anticipating future encounters on the squash court.