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CWG 2022 Triple Delight for Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra Out Of Singles



India August 06(IM): Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal put up a sensational show to progress to the semifinals of two events and the quarter final of one event events in the table tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games on Friday. The record nine time national champion, who has as many as 10 CWG medals to his name, entered the mens singles quarter finals after beating Nigerias Olajide Omotayo 4 to 2 in a thrilling contest. Sharath, 40, also reached the semifinals of mixed and mens doubles competition along with his respective partners.

He first paired up with young Sreeja Akula to stun two time silver medallists Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho of England 3 to 2 11 to 7 8 to 11 11 to 8 11 to 13 11 to 9 in mixed doubles quarters and then combined with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to beat another English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3 to 0 11 to 6 11 to 8 11 to 4 in mens doubles event.

Sreeja too dished out superlative performances to progress to the womens singles semifinals to go with her mixed doubles performance.

The 24 year old from Hyderabad showed nerves of steel as she scripted a sensational come from behind 4 to 3 win over Mo Zhang of Canada to advance to the semifinals.

She beat Zhang 9 to 11 11 to 4 6 to 11 9 to 11 11 to 5 11 to 4 11 to 8 in her quarterfinal match.

Gnanasekaran also reached the mens singles quarters, beating Nicholas Lum 4 to 2 at the NEC Hall.

Sreeja and Sharath had earlier come from behind to beat Malaysias Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5 to 11 11 to 2 11 to 6 11 to 5, while Sharath and Gnanasekaran eased past Bangladeshs Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed 11 to 6 11 to 1 11 to 4 in their round of 16 clash.

Defending champion Manika Batra, however, had a bad day as she suffered a 0 to 4 defeat against Jian Zeng of Singapore in the womens singles quarterfinal to bow out of the competition.

Earlier, Manika and Sathiyan had lost 2 to 3 to Malaysias Javen Choong and Karen Lyne, while mens pairing of Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also ended their campaign with a 0-3 loss to Singapores Chew Zhe Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan.

In another result, Sreeja and Reeth Tennison entered the pre quarterfinals with a 3 to 0 win over Scotlands Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow.

Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja had entered the womens singles quarterfinals.

While the 27 year old Batra steamrolled Australian Jee Minhyung 11 to 4 11 to 8 11 to 6 12 to 10 to set up a fight with Singapores Jian Zeng, Sreeja played out a nerve wracking encounter against Charlotte Carey of Wales to secure herself a last eight berth.

However, Manika Batra lost the quarter finals by 4 to 0 margin.

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The 24 year old toiled hard but held her nerves to beat Carey 8 to 11 11 to 7 12 to 14 9 to 11 11 to4 15 to 13 12 to 10. Meanwhile, Reeth Tennison, bowed out in the womens singles event after she went down to Singapores Feng Tianwei in a round of 16 match.

Tianwei proved too strong for Tennison as the latter was beaten 11 to 2 11 to 4 9 to 11 11 to 3 11 to 4.

source : NDTV

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