Birmingham, Aug 5 (PTI) India’s veteran table tennis player Achant Sharath Kamal put up a stellar performance to reach the semi-finals of his three categories in the Commonwealth Games table tennis event while defending champion Manika Batra lost in singles and mixed doubles here on Friday. Went.
Nine-time national champion Sharath Kamal, who has won ten Commonwealth Games medals so far, defeated Olajide Omotoyo of Nigeria in the men’s singles quarterfinals with 4 . beat by 2. Sharath Kamal, 40, also reached the semi-finals of mixed and men’s doubles.
Mixed pair of Sreeja Akula and Sharath managed to cross the quarterfinal hurdle. He defeated the local pair of Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9 in a tight match to book a ticket to the semi-finals.
The pair earlier made a spectacular comeback after losing the first game in the pre-quarterfinals to defeat Malaysia’s Leon Chi Feng and Ho Ying 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5.
In men’s doubles, the pair of Sathiyan and Sharath also managed to reach the last eight. The Indian pair easily defeated Bangladesh’s Bavm Rammillion and Ridoy Mohutsin Ahmed 11-6, 11-1, 11-4. They will face the England pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker in the quarter-finals.
On the other hand, Manika was defeated 12-10, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 by Jian Jang of Singapore in the quarterfinals of women’s singles.
Earlier, she had made it to the last eight by defeating Ji Minhyung of Australia 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10.
Mixed doubles pair of Manika and G Sathiyan suffered a defeat in the quarterfinals here on Friday. The medal-seeking Indian pair lost 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11 to Malaysia’s Jawen Chong and Karen Lin.
While Manika failed to withstand the pressure of expectations, 24-year-old youngster Sreeja Akula made it to the last four of women’s singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.
Akula bounced back from a challenging two-game loss to Canada’s Mo Zhang in the quarterfinals to win 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8. registered.
In her opening match of the day, Akula was given a tough fight by Charlotte Carey of Wales but the Indian player fought 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-4, 15-13, 12- Won 10.
The Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty defeated Australia’s Chambers Dillon and Yan Xin 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11 to book a place in the last eight. He will face Singapore’s Clarence Cheu and Shao Feng Ethan Poho in the quarterfinals.
In women’s doubles, Indian pair of Akula and Reeth Tennyson defeated Scottish pair of Lucy Eliot and Plasto Rebecca 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 in their last 32 match.
Meanwhile, Reeth crashed out of the women’s singles event after losing 11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 to Fang Tianwei of Singapore in the pre-quarterfinals.
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Achanta Sharath Kamal in all three semi-finals, Manika Batra lost