CWG 2022, Table Tennis: Indian men’s team clinch gold with a 3-1 win over Singapore (Ld)

With this, India’s team defended its title as it won the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG final with a 3-1 win over Nigeria.

India fielded a tried and tested line-up for the summit clash as their top-order singles player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Singapore’s Isaac Kwek Yong and Pang Yuen Koen 3-0 in the opening doubles match with Harmeet Desai. (13-11) defeated. , 11-7, 11-5).

The Indian table tennis pair, who had also played a key role in India’s gold medal win at Gold Coast 2018, took a 6-3 lead but as the game progressed, the Singapore pair was in trouble.

The right and left combination of 16-year-old Isaac Kwek Yong and 20-year-old Pang Yuen Koen regrouped for the next four points and a lead. However, Harmeet and Sathiyan combined flicks and top spin to make a comeback. Despite awarding two game points, the Indians held on to the crucial game and went on to win.

The Indian pair was more vocal on that and made sure the pace didn’t slip and took the second and third games with ease.

India’s national champion Sharath Kamal, who defeated world No. 15 Quadri Aruna of Nigeria in the semi-finals, was defeated by Singapore’s world No. 133 JU Clarence Chew 3-1 (11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11). ) defeated. -9) In a big trouble.

39th-ranked Sharath was stunned by Clarence Chew’s pace in the first game, but he used his forehand power and some luck in the net to win the next game.

26-year-old Clarence Chew completely dominated Sharath Kamal with a good mix of diagonal and down-the-line shots. The 40-year-old Indian failed to win long rallies despite taking a 4-1 lead in the fourth game to open Singapore.

Under pressure from India for the first time in the competition, Sathiyan responded to a 3-1 (10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11) win over 20-year-old Pang Yun Koen.

After a slow start, Sathiyan improved his intensity to win the half-game. However, with better pitching, the Singapore player won the next game. Sathiyan easily starts guessing Pang Yuen Koen’s top spin. The Indian went on the offensive and brought his team back into the lead.

Harmeet Desai, playing his only second singles match at Birmingham 2022, faced an uphill task against the free-flowing Ze Yu Clarence Chew, who defeated Sharath Kamal in the second match.

The 121st-ranked Indian made up for it and defeated the energetic Pang Yuen Koen 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-6) to help India win consecutive gold.

Earlier in the competition, the Indian women’s team, led by table tennis player Manika Batra, suffered a massive defeat against Malaysia after losing 3-2 in the quarter-finals. The men’s singles and doubles table tennis events in Birmingham 2022 will begin on Wednesday.

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