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Commonwealth Games 2022: Triple Delight to Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra out singles

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Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal produced a sensational performance to enter the semi-finals of two events and the quarter-finals of one event in the Commonwealth Games table tennis event on Friday. The record nine-time national champion, who has 10 CWG medals to his name, advanced to the men’s singles quarter-finals after beating Nigeria’s Olajide Omotoyo 4-2 in a thrilling contest. Sharath, 40, along with his teammates also reached the semi-finals of the mixed and men’s doubles events.

He beat two-time silver medalist Liam Pitchford and England’s Tin-Tin Ho 3-2 (11-7 8-11 11-8 11-13 11-9) in the mixed doubles quarter with debutant young Srija Akula. . Sathiyan Gyanasekaran defeated another English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in the men’s doubles event.

Sreeja also performed brilliantly to enter the semi-finals of women’s singles and went ahead with her mixed doubles performance.

The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showed nerves of steel as she made a sensational comeback to beat Canada’s Mo Zhang 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 her quarterfinal match.

Gnanasekaran also entered the men’s singles quarter after beating Nicolas Lum 4-2 at the NEC Hall.

Sreeja and Sharath had earlier come from behind to beat Malaysia’s Leonard Chi Feng and Ho Ying 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5, while Sharath and Gyanasekaran defeated Bangladesh’s Bavm Ramhimliyan and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed. Was defeated 11-6, 11-1 11. -4 in his round of 16 struggles.

Defending champion Manika Batra had a rough day as she suffered a 0-4 loss against Singapore’s Jian Zeng in the women’s singles quarter-finals and was knocked out of the competition.

Earlier, Manika and Sathiyan had lost 2-3 to Malaysia’s Jawen Chong and Karen Lin, while the men’s pair of Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also lost to Singapore’s Cheu Zhe Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan. Ended their campaign with a -3 defeat.

In another result, Sreeja and Reeth Tennyson advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with a 3–0 win over Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plasto.

Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja had entered the women’s singles quarterfinals.

While 27-year-old Batra beat Australian Ji Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to face Singapore’s Jian Zeng, Sreeja made a nerve-wracking fight against Charlotte Carey of Wales to secure herself. Fighting played. A final eight berths.

However, Manika Batra lost in the quarterfinals by a margin of 4-0.

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The 24-year-old fought hard but kept her spirits up to beat Carey 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10. Meanwhile, Reeth Tennyson crashed out of the women’s singles event after losing to Fang Tianwei of Singapore in the round of 16 match.

Tianwei proved too strong for Tennyson as the latter was defeated 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.

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