Table tennis veteran Sharath Kamal is assured of at least two medals at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK after making the mixed doubles and men’s doubles finals.
Sharath Kamal first paired up with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and the duo dug deep to beat young Australians Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8) in the men’s doubles semi-finals at the National Exhibition Centre.
A few minutes later, the 40-year-old took to the tables in the mixed doubles semis with Sreeja Akula and endured another long match, emerging victorious 3-2 against Aussies Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7).
Earlier in the day, Sharath Kamal had also advanced to the men’s singles semis with a comfortable 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7) win over Singapore’s Quek Izaac Yong.
G Sathiyan also went through to the men’s singles semis after beating home favourite Sam Walker 4-2 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9) in what was a rematch of the Gold Coast 2018 quarter-final.
However, Manika Batra bowed out of Birmingham 2022 as she, along with Diya Chitale, lost the women’s doubles quarter-finals 3-1 (7-11, 6-11, 13-11, 12-10) to Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey of Wales.
The pair of Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison is also out of the women’s doubles after going down 3-1 (16-14, 13-11, 11-6, 8-11) to Singapore duo Ru Xin Wong and Jingyi Zhou in the last eight.
National champion Sreeja Akula lost 4-3 (6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12) to Singaporean legend Tianwei Feng after a tough fight in the women’s singles. She will now play for the bronze medal.
Indian table tennis results at Commonwealth Games 2022 on August 6
Quarter-final: Sharath Kamal 4-0 Quek Izaac Yong (SGP)
Quarter-final: G Sathiyan 4-2 Sam Walker (ENG)
Quarter-final: Sanil Shetty 1-4 Liam Pitchford (ENG)
Semi-final: Sreeja Akula 3-4 Tianwei Feng (SGP)
Semi-final: Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan 3-2 Nicholas Lum/Finn Luu (AUS)
Round of 16: Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 3-0 Anna Chloe Thomas Wu Zhang/Lara Whitton (WAL)
Round of 16: Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 3-0 Oumehani Hosenally/Nandeshwaree Jalim (MRI)
Quarter-final: Sreeja Akula/Reeth Tennison 1-3 Ru Xin Wong/Jingyi Zhou (SGP)
Quarter-final: Manika Batra/Diya Chitale 1-3 Charlotte Carey/Anna Hursey (WAL)
Semi-final: Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula 3-2 Nicholas Lum/Minhyung Jee (AUS)