Luckily the Dinesh Karthik had wife Dipika Pallikal, who is as an international squash player, also dealing with a similar situation and he drew inspiration from her.
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"After Joshna and myself there is no one. How are you going to fill the No 3, 4, 5 spots? If things continue like this, in 5-6 years we will not have any players. It is scary to where squash will be in the next few years," Dipika said.
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The Indian squash contingent ended with five medals overall including the women's team silver, men's team bronze and three bronze medals in the individual event.
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The Indian men, who also entered the mega-event as defending champions, settled for bronze after a 0-2 loss to Hong Kong in the semifinals. Saurav Ghosal, who was not fully fit, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, lost to Max Lee and Leo Au, 0-3 and 1-3 respectively.
Chinappa, the world number 16, had a point to prove after a crushing loss against familiar foe Annie Au in the final pool match against Hong Kong yesterday.
Asian Games 2018: India face defending champions Malaysia in women's squash team semis after loss to Hong Kong
The Indian women's squash team lost the all-important match against Hong Kong 1-2 to finish second in Group B, resulting in a tougher semi-final opponent in defending champions Malaysia at the Asian Games at Jakarta on Thursday.
The Indian women's squash team on Wednesday assured itself of a medal after advancing to the semi-finals at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta.
Asian Games 2018: India begin squash team event on strong note as both men and women register comfortable wins
India began its campaign on a winning note with both men and women recording 3-0 victories in the group stage of the squash team events at the ongoing Asian Games at Jakarta on Monday.
Good day for India in athletics as Hima Das, Muhammad Anas, Dutee Chand win silver; Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu assured of medal
India won as many as three silvers in the athletics events on Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018, with the country also progressing to the semi-finals of the men's hockey and women's badminton singles events.
Indian squash players Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal had to be content with bronze medals after losing to their respective opponents in the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Games.
Asian Games 2018: Dipika Pallikal grabs bronze in squash after losing to Malaysia's Nicole David in semis
Dipika Pallikal led 5-2 and 4-1 in the first two games but three-time defending champion Nicol had enough experience to race away with a 11-7 11-9 11-6 win in the semifinal.
Asian Games 2018: Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal reach semis to assure India of three medals in squash
India were assured of three medals in squash competition of the 18th Asian Games with Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik advancing to the semifinals of their respective singles events.
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Asian Games 2018: SRFI slams Dipika Pallikal for raising concerns over absence of foreign squash coach
The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) on Wednesday hit out at Dipika Pallikal, one of the country's top players, for voicing concerns over the lack of a qualified foreign coach.
Asian Games 2018: Absence of full-time coach leaves Indian squad to train by themselves for Indonesia event
The Squash Racket Federation of India's (SRFI) inability to find a full-time head coach ever since the bitter exit of Egyptian Achraf El Karargui has affected the Indian team's preparations ahead of the Asian Games in Indonesia in August.
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The 16th seeded Chinappa, after beating eight-time world champion Nicol David, went down against Massaro in straight games.
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Chinappa and Pallikal had to settle for a silver in the women's doubles competition. Pallikal also won a historic silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.