Gold Coast: Indian Women’s table tennis team fought off Singapore to bag a team gold in the final of the Table Tennis event.
After Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das put India ahead, it was Manika Batra who thrashed Yihan Zhou in the singles challenge to bag India’s first Commonwealth Gold in Table Tennis. Batra begged the first two games 11-7, 11-4.
Manika Batra started India’s final crusade defeating World No 4 Tianwei Feng 3-2. 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7. In a hard-fought contest Manika rallied back to snatch the first game. Singapore’s Mengyu Yu, however, put up a resilient show against India’s Madhurika Patkar to bring parity in the team encounter. Yu thumped Patkar in three straight games. Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das, however, outlasted the Singapore duo to extend India’s lead to 2-1. They won the doubles game in four games.
Earlier, the Indian women’s table tennis team matched its best ever performance at the Commonwealth Games by making it to the final of the 21st edition of the multifaceted event in Gold Coast on Sunday. India routed England 3-0 to square off against favourites Singapore in the final fixture. It is the second time the women’s team had made a CWG final, having made its maiden appearance in the 2010 edition in Delhi.
Manika Batra defeated Kelly Sibley 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in the opening singles while Madhurika Patkar beat Tin-Tin Ho 11-7, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 to extend the lead. Patkar returned to action alongside the experienced Mouma Das in the doubles. They outplayed Sibley and Maria Tsaptsinos to seal the issue for India.