India's Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghoshal stormed into the quarter-finals of the singles event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) on Sunday (July 31).
Chinappa defeated New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts 3-1 (11-8 9-11 11-4 11-6), while Saurav Ghosal beat David Baillargeon 3-0 (11-6, 11-2, 11-6) to advance to the top eight.
Joshna, the 18-time national champion, kept her calm to recover from a mid-game slump to prevail and set up a last-eight clash with Canada’s Hollie Naughton. Naughton beat Malaysia’s Aifa Azman 3-0 in another match.
Looking for an elusive CWG gold medal, Joshna Chinappa was lagging 3-5 initially in the opening set but made it 8-8 before taking a 1-0 lead.
Watts, however, made a strong comeback in the second set as she zoomed in at 5-1 and even though the Indian made it 9-9 at one stage, the Kiwi managed to gather the last two points to keep herself afloat.
Despite the reversal, Joshna showed better nerves as she built up a 7-3 lead and quickly stepped ahead to make it 3-1.
Saurav Ghosal, on the other hand, joined Joshna in the quarter-finals after beating Canada's David Baillargeon 11-6, 11-2, 11-6.
Saurav took the lead early and was unstoppable in the first two games, racing to an easy victory. In the third game, Baillargeon led 3-0 before the Indian restored parity at 3-3 and from then on, it was one-way traffic.
Live streaming and TV channel details of CWG 2022
Sony Sports Network has the broadcast rights for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in India. Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 will live telecast the CWG 2022 in India. Live streaming will also be available on the Sony LIV app and website.