Indian players have shown a great game in table tennis and have won many spectacular victories on their own.
Manika Batra and Sathiyan showed their mettle. (File Pic)
Table tennis stars of India are showing a great game in the Commonwealth Games being played in Birmingham. Manika Batra From Achanta Sharath Kamal till now, he has impressed a lot. Indian players have shown excellent game from singles category to doubles category. Reigning singles winners Manika and Sreeja Akula on Friday booked their place in the women’s singles quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games table tennis event.
Manika defeated Ji Minhyung of Australia 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to make it to the last eight. The 27-year-old table tennis player will have to overcome the challenge of Singapore’s Jian Zeng to reach the semi-finals. Akula was given a tough fight by Charlotte Carey of Wales but the Indian player won 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-4, 15-13, 12-10 in this difficult match. She will face Canada’s Mo Zhang in the quarterfinals.
Made a splash in the doubles category too
Earlier in the day Manika and G. The pair of Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Kamal and Akula won their respective matches to enter the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the competition. The pair of Manika and Sathiyan defeated Nigerians Olajide Omotoyo and Ajok Ojomu 11-7, 11-6, 11-7. In the first quarter-finals, both will face Malaysia’s Jawen Chong and Karen Lin.
On the other hand, the pair of Sharath and 24-year-old Akula made a spectacular comeback after losing the first game to defeat Malaysia’s Leon Chi Feng and Ho Ying 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5. Sharath and Akula will face the local pair of Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho in the second quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Reeth Tennyson 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. 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.
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. They will meet Clarence of Singapore in the quarterfinals. Cheu and Shao Feng will be paired with Ethan Poho.