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We can win medals in every category: Dipika

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MUMBAI, Sept 10 (PTI): Fresh from her exploits in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where she got a gold in the women�s doubles with Joshana Chinappa, squash ace Dipika Pallikal is confident that the Indian team can win medals in each of the four categories at the September 19 to October 4 Incheon Asian Games.

�We can win medals in all categories, but it�s wrong to say it�s going to be easier than the Commonwealth Games. For example there is Nicol David, who is the world no. 1 and favourite for the women�s singles title,� said Pallikal at the launch JSW Indian Challenger Circuit here today.

India�s no. 1 female player, who was present at the media conference along with top men�s player Saurav Ghosal, said other strong Asian contenders like Malaysia and Hong Kong would pose a tough challenge in the continental Games.

�India are seeded third in both men�s and women�s team events. Malaysia and Hong Kong will be there but we are capable of doing well. On a good day anything can happen,� said the Chennai-based player who is currently ranked 12th in the world.

Ghosal, the world no. 16 who lost in the men�s singles bronze medal contest in Glasgow to finish fourth, is the top seed in the Asian Games but has a tough draw in front of him.

�I am the no. 1 seed and am drawn to meet Ahmad Al-Saraj of Jordan (world no. 105) in the second round and then Pakistan�s Nasir Iqbal (world no. 42) in the next round and then Ong Beng Hee (Malaysian world no. 35) in the semis. If I progress to the final I could be up against Max Lee (Hong Kong), who is seeded second,� explained Ghosal.

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We can win medals in every category: Dipika

MUMBAI, Sept 10 (PTI): Fresh from her exploits in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where she got a gold in the women�s doubles with Joshana Chinappa, squash ace Dipika Pallikal is confident that the Indian team can win medals in each of the four categories at the September 19 to October 4 Incheon Asian Games.

�We can win medals in all categories, but it�s wrong to say it�s going to be easier than the Commonwealth Games. For example there is Nicol David, who is the world no. 1 and favourite for the women�s singles title,� said Pallikal at the launch JSW Indian Challenger Circuit here today.

India�s no. 1 female player, who was present at the media conference along with top men�s player Saurav Ghosal, said other strong Asian contenders like Malaysia and Hong Kong would pose a tough challenge in the continental Games.

�India are seeded third in both men�s and women�s team events. Malaysia and Hong Kong will be there but we are capable of doing well. On a good day anything can happen,� said the Chennai-based player who is currently ranked 12th in the world.

Ghosal, the world no. 16 who lost in the men�s singles bronze medal contest in Glasgow to finish fourth, is the top seed in the Asian Games but has a tough draw in front of him.

�I am the no. 1 seed and am drawn to meet Ahmad Al-Saraj of Jordan (world no. 105) in the second round and then Pakistan�s Nasir Iqbal (world no. 42) in the next round and then Ong Beng Hee (Malaysian world no. 35) in the semis. If I progress to the final I could be up against Max Lee (Hong Kong), who is seeded second,� explained Ghosal.