Joshna, Dipika in top half of squash draw

Mumbai: India`s top two women squash
players, world number 32 Dipika Pallikal and 33rd ranked
Joshna Chinappa, have been seeded 5-8 and placed in the top
half of the draw in the November 12-27 Asian Games in
Guangzhou, China.

Dipika, 19, has the unenviable task of taming world No.
1 and gold medal favourite Nicol David of Malaysia after
crossing her first round hurdle in the form of China`s Gu
Jinyue, ranked a distant 184.

Her senior compatriot Joshna, 24, has the relatively
easier job of disposing off world No. 20 Low Wee Wern, also of
Malaysia, in the second round, after having drawn less
fancied Filipino Aribado Jemyca as her first round opponent.

Hong Kong`s Au Wing Chi, ranked number 15 in the WISPA
rankings, has been seeded second in the 16-strong women`s

Among men, India`s leading hope and world number 26,
Saurav Ghosal, has been seeded 3-4 with Pakistan`s top player
Aamir Atlas Khan, ranked 20th globally, and has secured a
first round bye.

Compatriot Siddharth Suchde, occupying the 71st spot in
the latest Professional Squash Association rankings, has
also been given a first round bye and is seeded 5-8 among men.

Both 24-year-old Ghosal and 25-year-old Suchde are
expected to cross their first hurdles against low-ranked
opponents before meeting each other in the quarterfinals.

World number 13 Mohammed Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia is
the top seed while his compatriot and number 17 Ong Beng Hee
is seeded second in the 32-strong draw.

In team events, Indian men have been placed in group
B with favourites Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and
Saudi Arabia while Group A comprises Pakistan, Kuwait, Hong
Kong, Sri Lanka and Games hosts China.

Indian women are also in group B along with Hong
Kong, China and Pakistan while Malaysia, South Korea and
Japan are in group A.

Squash events, offering four gold medals, are scheduled
from September 18-25.