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Indian paddlers dominate on day 1 of Commonwealth Championships

Indian paddlers dominate on day 1 of Commonwealth Championships

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Published: 18 July 2019 7:14 AM GMT
India got a thumping start to their campaign at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack. In teams' events, both the men's and women's teams topped their groups to qualify for the Super Eight stage on Wednesday. In the men's event, the trio of Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai started by beating Scotland 3-0 and then followed it up with a similar result against Singapore. Similarly, the women's team started by defeating Sri Lanka 3-0, with the help of Manika Batra and Ayhika Mukherjee and Archana Kamath. Later, Madurika Patkar and Sutirtha Mukherjee joined Archana and posted yet another 3-0 victory over South Africa.
Manika Batra against Sri Lanka The 12 matches that the men and women played on Wednesday, the home team paddlers dropped just two games. Only Sharath lost the opening game against Singapore’s Zheyu Clarence Chew but made a strong comeback to leave his opponent in awe. In the latest development, Uganda and Guyana have obtained their respective government's nod, and they would be sending teams for participation in the individual events. According to a communication to the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) from the two federations, Uganda will send five members while three will come from Guyana, who will compete in singles and doubles events which get underway from July 19 after the team finals.

Important results

Team championship: Preliminary stage

Women Group B: India bt Sri Lanka 3-0 (Manika Batra bt Bimandi Bandara 11-5, 11-4, 11-5; Archana Kamath bt Ishara Madurangi 11-5, 11-5, 12-10; Ayhika Mukherjee bt Chamathsara Fernando 11-3, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4); India bt South Africa 3-0 (Archana Kamath bt Danisha Patel 11-6, 11-2, 11-2; Madhurika Patkar bt Palesa Mtshoelibe 11-2, 11-5, 11-3; Sutirtha Mukherjee bt Simeen Mookrey 11-1, 11-4, 11-4); Sri Lanka bt South Africa 3-0 Men Group B: India bt Scotland 3-0 (G. Sathiyan bt Niall Cameron 11-4, 11-7, 11-8; A. Sharath Kamal bt Colin Dalgleish 11-2, 11-6, 11-9; Harmeet Desai bt Dylan Curry 11-2, 11-6, 11-1); India bt Singapore 3-0 (G. Sathiyan bt Yu En Koen Pang 11-7, 11-9, 11-8; A. Sharath Kamal bt Zheyu Clarence Chew 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9; Harmeet Desai bt Shao Han Josh 11-4, 11-7, 11-6)

Qualifiers for Super Eights

Women Group A: Singapore, Wales; Group B: India, Sri Lanka; Group C: Australia, Malaysia; Group D: England, Nigeria Men Group A: England, Sri Lanka; Group B: India, Singapore; Group C: Malaysia, Nigeria; Group D: Australia, Wales
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