Indian ace paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal put on a sensational performance to advance to the semi-finals of two events and the quarter-finals of one event at the Commonwealth Games table tennis on Friday. The record nine-time national champion, with as many as 10 CWG medals, enters the men’s singles after beating Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo 4-2 in a thrilling match quarter final. Salat, 40, also reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles and men’s doubles competitions with their respective partners.
He first teamed up with a young Sreeja Akula to beat two-time silver medallist Liam Pitchford and England’s 3-2 (11-7 8-11 11-8 11-13 11-9) in a mixed doubles quarter-final. Tin-Tin Ho. Teamed up with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to beat another British pair, Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker, 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in the men’s doubles match.
Sreeja also advanced to the women’s singles semi-final with her best performance to complement her mixed doubles performance.
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showed nerves of steel as she beat Canada’s Zhang Mo 4-3 to advance to the semi-finals.
She defeated Zhang 9-11 11-4 6-11 9-11 11-5 11-4 11-8 in the quarterfinals.
Gnanasekaran also entered the men’s singles section, beating Nicholas Lum 4-2 in the NEC Hall.
Sreeja and Sharath earlier beat Malaysia’s Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11 11-2 11-6 11-5, while Sharath and Gnanasekaran easily beat Bangladesh’s Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin 11-6 11-1 11 Ahmed -4 in their 16-round encounter.
However, life was not easy for defending champion Manika Batra, who dropped out of the tournament after a 4-0 loss to Singapore’s Tsang Kin in the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Earlier, Manika and Sathiyan lost 2-3 to Malaysia’s Javen Choong and Karen Lyne, while boys’ duo Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also finished 0-3 to Singapore’s Chew Zhe Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan up their game.
In another result, Sreeja and Reeth Tennison advanced to the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow.
Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Sreeja fought Wales’ Charlotte Carey as the 27-year-old Batra beat Australia’s Jee Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to take on Singapore’s Tsang Kin A nerve-wracking encounter to secure his last eight berths.
However, Manika Batra lost the quarter-finals 4-0.
The 24-year-old worked hard, but she still managed to beat Kylie 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10. Meanwhile, Rhys Tennyson withdrew from the women’s singles event after losing to Singapore’s Feng Tianwei in the round of 16.
Tianwei was too strong for Tennison, who was defeated 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.
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