Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal put on a sensational show as he progressed to the semi-finals of two events and the quarter-finals of one event in the Commonwealth Games table tennis competition on Friday. The record nine-time national champion, who has a whopping 10 CWG medals to his name, took part in the men’s singles quarter-finals after beating Nigerian Olajide Omotayo 4-2 in a thrilling match. Sharath, 40, also made it to the mixed and men’s doubles semifinals with his respective partners.
He first paired up with young Sreeja Akula to stun two-time silver medalists Liam Pitchford and England’s Tin-Tin Ho 3-2 (11-7 8-11 11-8 11-13 11-9) in quarters of the mixed doubles and then paired with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to defeat another English pair Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in the men’s doubles.
Sreeja also did superlatives to advance to the semifinals of the women’s singles, matching her performance in the mixed doubles.
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showed nerves of steel as she wrote a sensational come-from-behind 4-3 win over Canada’s Mo Zhang to advance to the semi-finals.
She defeated Zhang 9-11 11-4 6-11 9-11 11-5 11-4 11-8 in her quarterfinal.
Gnanasekaran also reached the men’s singles quarters, beating Nicholas Lum 4-2 in the NEC Hall.
Sreeja and Sharath came from behind earlier, beating Malaysian Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11 11-2 11-6 11-5, while Sharath and Gnanasekaran went past Bangladesh’s Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed 11-6 11- 1 11 -4 in their round of 16 clash.
Defending champion Manika Batra, however, had a bad day as she suffered a 0-4 defeat to Singapore’s Jian Zeng in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles to retire from the competition.
Previously, Manika and Sathiyan had lost 2-3 to Malaysia’s Javen Choong and Karen Lyne, while the men’s combination Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also ended their campaign with a 0-3 loss to Singapore’s Chew Zhe Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan.
In another result, Sreeja and Reeth Tennison entered the pre-quarter finals with a 3-0 win over Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow.
Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja had reached the quarterfinals of the women’s singles.
While 27-year-old Batra steamed Australian Jee Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to set up a fight with Jian Zeng of Singapore, Sreeja played a nerve-wracking encounter with Charlotte Carey of Wales to keep herself safe. to set. a final eight berth.
However, Manika Batra lost the quarterfinals by a margin of 4-0.
The 24-year-old toiled hard but kept her nerves to beat Carey 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10. Meanwhile, Reeth Tennison bent to women’s singles after going to Feng Tianwei in Singapore in a round of 16 match.
Tianwei proved too strong for Tennison, as the latter was defeated 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.
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