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CWG 2022: India squash star Sunayna Kuruvilla storms into plate final

Sunayna had defeated Sri Lanka's Chanithama Sinali 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 in the quarterfinals.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 03 August 2022 01:41 AM

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India’s Sunayna Kuruvilla advances to plate final in Squash as she took down Pakistan's Faiza Zafar. Kuruvilla started the fixture with a dominant 11-2 win in the first game. This was followed up by another amazing display as she cruised past Zafar with an 11-4 win.

The Pakistani squash star couldn't cope with Kuruvilla in the third game as Sunayna registered an 11-5 win to seal her spot in the finals. She had defeated Sri Lanka's Chanithama Sinali 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 in the quarterfinals.

Sunayna Kuruvilla started playing squash at the tender age of 9 in 2008. She started the sport as a hobby but soon became one of India’s most impressive talents to watch. At 23, Sunayna is currently ranked No. 119 in the world, and No. 2 in India.

She has won two consecutive National Squash Championships along with a Silver at the 2018 Asian Games Team Championship held in Indonesia and played as the top seed in the 2018 World Women’s Team Championships held in China.

Sunayna also represented India at the 2015 World Junior Championship and the 2015 Asian Junior Championship. She won a Gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games and a Bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Team Championship.

Other than Sunayna, the other veteran squash stars didn't have favourable results as 18-time National champion Joshna Chinappa lost to  Hollie Naughton in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Games on Monday. The 35-year-old couldn't have an incredible game as she lost 9-11 5-11 13-15 to the 27-year-old Naughton.

She started on a dominant note and had a 6-3 lead but soon the advantage slipped as Hollie Naughton drew the scores at 6-6 and then at 9-9 before stealing the opening set with the required two points.

Naughton built on this wave and comfortably took the second to make it 2-0. Chinappa pushed hard to keep herself alive in the third set, moving together till 13-13 when her Candian competitor once again surged ahead to win the contest.

Whereas, another Indian squash ace Sourav Ghosal crashed out of the men’s semi-final against New Zealand’s Paul Coll. Ghosal was put on the back foot from the opening game, which Coll eventually won 11-9. The Kiwi then got on a roll as registered an 11-4 and 11-1 win to secure a birth in the final of the 2022 CWG.

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