Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

CWG 2018: Mankia Batra 'proud' of table tennis Gold, thanks Indian support

Manika claims mixed doubles bronze Sharath settles for bronze in singles CWG 2018: Mankia Batra 'proud' of table tennis Gold, thanks Indian support
Melinda Barton | 14 April, 2018, 23:52

Manika seemed to be India's biggest surprise in Gold Coast as she kicked off her way into the third table tennis finale on Saturday sunrise.

At present, India's medal tally reads twenty-five gold, sixteen silver and eighteen bronze. In the first game I was down 1-6. It was a split 2-3 decision.

Three-time CWG gold medallist Kamal tried his best against Nigeria's 26th-ranked Aruna Quadri in the men's singles semifinals before going down 0-4 (10-12, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11).

Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also enjoyed strong performances to advance to the semi-finals in both the doubles categories.

In badminton, Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat to clinch a 21-8, 21-13 win over Canada's Rachel Honderich, while P.V. Sindhu also notched up a comfortable 21-14, 21-17 win over another Canadian, Brittney Tam. Today's victory was the third in the series of historic wins for India in women's table tennis. While Manika Batra sealed a place in final of women's singles table tennis defeating world no 4 Tianwei Peng.

However, the hopes of an all-Indian final in the paired event were once again dashed when Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty fought hard but came up short in the 11-7, 13-11, 13-11 loss against England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.

Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal beat England's Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry 11-10, 11-5 to enter women's doubles squash final.