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Hangzhou [China], September 29 (ANI): The Indian women's squash team comprised of Joshna Chinappa, Tanvi Khanna and Anahat Singh bagged bronze medal after losing to Hong Kong, China 1-2 in the semifinals at the ongoing 19th Asian Games on Friday.

Tanvi Khanna's three-game loss against Sin Yuk Chan in a match that lasted for just 22 minutes put India on the back foot. The first match of the tie ended in scores of 6-11, 7-11, 3-11.

The focus then switched to veteran player Chinappa, who displayed incredible resilience and skill to make the score even for India at 1-1 against Hong Kong. The Indian veteran registered a victory against Ho Tze-Lok with a score of 7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8.

After being two games down, Chinappa came right back into the match with a resounding 11-6 win in the fourth game of the fixture. Chinappa closed the match with a commanding performance by maintaining her composure and winning the final game.

With both teams winning the match the pressure fell on 15-year-old Anahat in the decisive match.

Even though the youngster lost the match 0-3, she made sure that at least in the first and third games, her opponent was kept on their toes.

The teenager had a strong start to her match but lost some steam near the finish and gave Lee Ka Yi the opening game 8-11.

Lee tightened her hold on the match by winning the second game 11-7. She repeated the performance in the third game and was about to end the match when Ahanat launched a final burst. The teen attempted to score eight points in a row but ultimately dropped the match 10-12.

Meanwhile, the Indian men's squash team's semifinal clash against Malaysia will begin later in the day. (ANI)

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