It’s the last day of squash at the Hangzhou Asian Games as the singles and mixed doubles events come to what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion.
Play begins at 14:00 (GMT+8) at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre with the mixed doubles final, as top seeded Indian duo Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Harinder Sandhu take on second seeded Malaysian pairing Aifa Azman and Mohd Syafiq Kamal.
Both teams came from behind to win entertaining semi-finals last night and will be desperate to make history as the first ever winners of a mixed doubles event at the Asian Games.
At 16:00, the women’s singles final takes place between Malaysian 3/4 seed Sivasangari Subramaniam and Hong Kong, China 3/4 seed Sin Yuk Chan. Both players are appearing in their first singles final at the Asian Games and have impressed in Hangzhou, with Subramaniam ruthlessly dispatching top seed Satomi Watanabe in straight games yesterday and Chan taking out compatriot and No.2 seed Tomato Ho by the same scoreline.
The pair go into today’s match having met twice already this year, with Subramaniam getting the better of Chan in the first round of the British Open in April before Chan had her revenge in a five-game battle in the final of the Asian Championship in June.
Will Chan make it two wins from two finals against the Malaysian? Or will Subramaniam claim her second gold medal in a week after clinching the women’s team title earlier?
At 17:00, the top two seeds in the men’s event compete for gold as Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng faces India’s Saurav Ghosal.
Ghosal, a veteran of six Asian Games, a silver medallist in 2014 and three-time bronze medallist, has spoken openly about the pain of his defeat nine years ago in Incheon and, in what he has admitted could be a last ever Asian Games for the 37-year-old, will do everything to leave China with two gold medals draped around his neck.
Ng, meanwhile, appears in his first Asian Games final as he bids to return the title to Malaysian hands for the first time since 2010, when Mohd Azlan Iskandar beat Aamir Atlas Khan 3-0 in Guangzhou, China.
Ghosal goes into the match with a 4-2 head-to-head record against Ng, including a 3-1 win against the Malaysian in the semi-final of the men’s team event earlier this week in Hangzhou.
Will Ghosal do the double over Ng and – possibly – draw the curtain on a fine Asian Games career in the best possible way? Or will Ng avenge his team event defeat and capture gold for Malaysia?
Click here for the day’s order of play and to see results as they happen.
How to watch Asian Games squash
Action from the Asian Games is being shown by the following broadcasters:
- CCTV and Yangshipin app China
- TBS in Japan
- HOY TV in Hong Kong, China
- Sony LIV (Sony Sports Network) in India
- MediaCorp Channel 5 and mewatch.sg in Singapore
- MNCTV, RCTI, iNews TV, and Vision+ in Indonesia
- KBS, MBC, SBS, and TV Chosun in the Republic of Korea
- RTM and Astro in Malaysia
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