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Squash stars Ghosal, Joshna eye 2014 CWG, Asian Games medals

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Indian squash stars Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa, along with top-100 player Harinder Pal Sandhu, are all set to go into the New Year with an eye fixed on two big multi-sporting events -- the Commonwealth and Asian Games -- in 2014.

"We have two big events coming up in 2014, the Commonwealth Games (in Glasgow, Scotland) and the Asian Games (in Incheon, South Korea). I want to play in both and win medals," Ghosal, who is here to take part as the defending men's champion in the 38th Bombay Gymkhana Maharashtra State Open Senior Championship that commenced here yesterday, said.

World no. 15 Ghosal won an individual bronze as well as the men's team bronze in the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China, where the women's squad, too, finished in third place.

"I played in 13 PSA (Professional Squash Association) events this year and I played pretty well and my ranking has gone up to 15. Making the last eight at the Worlds (the first from India) was the high point of my season. The focus now is to make the quarters and the semis on a consistent basis."

The 27-year-old Bengal player, who has moved back to India and specifically to his home city Kolkata after 12 years, lost in the quarterfinals to world no. 1 Ramy Ashour in Manchester, England, in the world championship.

The bespectacled player said at present the country is going through a golden period in the racquet game as it has a host of top rated players, including two women's players -- Joshna and world no. 12 Dipika Pallikal.

"No one has gone as far as I did (in the worlds). Dipika and Joshna have done things that no other women players had done before. We also have Harry (Harinder) and Mahesh (Mangaonkar). We all have a few more years (in the game)," he said.

World no. 26 Joshna, who has come back to top flight squash after suffering a career-threatening knee injury last year that needed surgery, said her aim was to get into the top 20 in a few months and improve her ranking to get a favourable draw in the CWG (July 23-August 3) and Asian Games (September 19-October 4).

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First Published: Thu, December 19 2013. 18:16 IST