Jakarta: Dipika Pallikal settled for a bronze after losing in the semi-final of squash women’s single in the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.
Pallikal lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia in the semifinals. The 26-year-old suffered a defeat in straight sets against the former World number one, 3-0 (7-11, 9-11 and 6-11) in the semis.
Pallikal had beaten Japanese Kobayashi Misaki in straight sets (3-0) in the quarterfinals.
Both the losing semifinalists win bronze and there is no bronze-medal play-off.
It is Pallikal’s third medal at the Asian Games. She won a silver in 2014 in Women’s team squash event and a bronze in Women’s singles event at the same event.
With Pallikal’s win, India secured their 26th medal at the Asian Games 2018.