Commonwealth Games 2022 table tennis: Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan advance; Manika Batra exits in singles and mixed doubles

Manika Batra is out of the women’s singles and mixed doubles. G Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal are through to the men’s singles quarters and men’s doubles semis.

By Rahul Venkat
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Table tennis aces Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal progressed in the men’s singles and doubles events at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Friday.

Veteran Sharath Kamal won all his matches across the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Sharath Kamal, 40, is now into the men’s singles quarter-finals and the semi-finals in the men’s doubles (with G Sathiyan) and mixed doubles (with Sreeja Akula).

In the men’s singles, G Sathiyan beat Paul McCreery of Northern Ireland 4-0 and Nicholas Lum of Australia 4-2 to move into the quarter-finals at the National Exhibition Centre.

However, defending champion Manika Batra is out of the women’s singles after losing 4-0 to Jian Zeng of Singapore in the quarters. She had earlier beaten Australian Minhyun Jee 4-0 in the round of 16.

The pair of Manika Batra/G Sathiyan are out of the mixed doubles too as they lost 3-2 to Malaysian pair Javen Choong/Karen Lyne in the quarter-finals.

Manika Batra still has the women’s doubles to look forward to. She partnered up with Diya Chitale and the pair beat Rheann Chung/Catherine Spicer of Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in the round of 32.

National champion Sreeja Akula had a memorable day. Apart from the mixed doubles, she moved into the women’s doubles round of 16 with Reeth Tennison and put up a fine showing in the women’s singles.

Sreeja Akula found herself trailing 1-3 in the round of 16 against Wales’ Charlotte Carey and in the quarter-finals against Canadian Mo Zhang. However, she saved match points against Carey and emerged victorious 4-3 on both occasions to advance to the women’s singles semis.

Indian table tennis results at Commonwealth Games 2022 on August 5

Men’s singles

Round of 32: Sharath Kamal 4-0 Finn Luu (AUS)

Round of 32: G Sathiyan 4-0 Paul McCreery (NIR)

Round of 32: Sanil Shetty 4-0 Derek Abrefa (GHA)

Round of 16: Sharath Kamal 4-2 Olajide Omotayo (NGR)

Round of 16: G Sathiyan 4-2 Nicholas Lum (AUS)

Round of 16: Sanil Shetty 4-2 Abiodun Bode (NGR)

Women’s singles

Round of 16: Manika Batra 4-0 Minhyung Jee (AUS) 

Round of 16: Sreeja Akula 4-3 Charlotte Carey (WAL) 

Round of 16: Reeth Tennison 1-4 Tianwei Feng (SGP)

Quarter-final: Manika Batra 0-4 Jian Zeng (SGP)

Quarter-final: Sreeja Akula 4-3 Mo Zhang (CAN)

Men’s doubles

Round of 16: Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan 3-0 Ramhimlan Bawm/Mohutasin Ridoy (BAN)

Round of 16: Harmeet Desai/Sanil Shetty 3-1 Dillon Chambers/Xin Yan (AUS)

Quarter-final: Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan 3-0 Tom Jarvis/Sam Walker (ENG)

Quarter-final: Harmeet Desai/Sanil Shetty 0-3 Zhe Yu Clarence/Feng Shao Poh (SGP)

Women’s doubles

Round of 32: Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 3-0 Rheann Chung/Catherine Spicer (TTO)

Round of 32: Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 3-0 Lucy Elliott/Rebecca Plaistow (SCO)

Mixed doubles

Round of 16: Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 3-1 Feng Chee Leong/Ying Ho (MAS)

Round of 16: G Sathiyan/Manika Batra 3-0 Olajide Omotayo/Ajoke Ojomu (NGR)

Quarter-final: Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 3-2 Liam Pitchford/Tin-Tin Ho (ENG)

Quarter-final: G Sathiyan/Manika Batra 2-3 Javen Choong/Karen Lyne (MAS)

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