Birmingham [UK]6 August (ANI): Indian table tennis stars Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
Kamal beat Singapore’s Quek Isaac Yung 4-0 to advance to the last four. He defeated his opponent by a margin of 11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7. Kamal did not allow himself any advantage during the match, beating his opponents four times in a row.
Gnanasekaran also defeated England’s Sam Walker 3-2 to advance to the Final Four stage. He beat his English opponents 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9. The match was a well fought one on the part of Walker.
Gnanasekaran won the first two matches to take the lead. However, although the Indians contested well, the British bounced back to win their next two matches. We tied the score at 2-2. Gnanasekaran nerfed to win the final game which booked a ticket to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Sunil Shetty was eliminated from the men’s singles tournament after losing 4-1 to England’s Liam Pitchford. Pitchford had lost the first game he was 9-11. He came back strong to record victories 11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 in the next four matches and booked a ticket to the semi-finals.
Earlier, the Indian team also achieved several victories in the women’s doubles category.
The women’s doubles duo of Manika Batra and Diya Prayag and Sreeja Akra and Reece Tennison won an impressive round of 16 on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals.
Manika Diya beat Mauritius’ Umehani Hosenari and Nandashware Jalim 3-0. This Indian duo beat his opponents 11-5, 11-5, 11-3. Manika and Diya got off to a good start with a convincing victory in the first game. They never looked back from there and he also sealed the match with two wins and booked a ticket to the quarterfinals.
The Indian women’s doubles duo of Sreeja Akra and Reece Tennyson also impressed with a 3-0 victory over Welsh’s Anna Chloe Thomas Wu Zhang and Lara Witt.
Accra Tennison won the one-sided match 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 to qualify for the quarterfinals. The Welsh duo were not given much of a chance to cut the deficit and lost the match within three games. (Ani)
http://www.singaporestar.com/news/272645428/cwg-2022-achanta-sharath-kamal-sathiyan-gnanasekaran-reach-men-singles-semis-sanil-shetty-crashes-out Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathyan Nyanasekaran advance to men’s singles semi-finals, Sunil Shetty crashes out