7 of 7: Indians finish golden swing

Cuttack: Indian paddlers have made most of the home advantage and grabbed all the gold medals – seven to be more precise – at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships tournament that ended today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
G Sathiyan is expected to lead the individual medal, but he could not overcome the savage Harmeet Desai as he fell when it was most important against the 26-year-old Desai, who brought India from the edge to help win team gold, proved his ability again in the finals individually.
But the best thing that happens at the championship is that no individual could replicate the golden victory in other events.
The domination of our rowers in the championships could be estimated from the fact that all the finals today were only Indians, which made them more national events than international ones. In the final analysis, India won seven golds – the best ever – five silver and three bronze medals for table toppers.
Indeed, no one deserved to lose the finals individually, but Desai deserved more to win the title. After being in the lead (0-2), he made the best in a crisis situation to outsmart favorite Sathiyan. A certain meeting in the fourth game, which brought the winner point to Desai, must have really demoralized Sathiyan. Equally important was the victory of Surat’s boy in the next, who stayed until he sealed it 17-15. Without a doubt, Sathiyan made 3-3 after losing the first time, but the Gujarat guy played a great game to finish it in decisive.
Earlier, Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal failed to oppose the anger of Anthony Amalray and Manava Thakkara who claimed that men doubled gold, dropping the top 3-1 after the Indians expelled Singapore and England pair in the semifinals.
In female singles, Ayhika Mukherjee used a great opportunity to win her first gold in the championship when she was kicked out by Madurika Patkar 4-0. Madhurika, which was absolutely inert at least in the first three matches, despite being held. But Ayhika was smart enough to get away from the ball, forcing her opponent to make all the mistakes. Former national champion showed an insight into the fight, but Ayhika, after separating three matches, won the fourth for a deserved victory.
In fact, Madhurica also had some tedious moments in the semifinals against Sreeja Akule. The girl from Telangana suited the Madhurika hit, but she could not resist the rival’s experience, especially in the extended fifth game while Madhurika defeated 4-1 to seal their place. In the neighboring table, Ayhika put it over Ho Tin-Tin England after she dropped out of her third game to win the identical margin.
In women’s doubles, Pooja Sahasrabudha and Krittwika Sinha Roy won the second Indian couple Sree Akula and Mousumi Paul 3-1. Two in the semifinals won the Singapore duo Goi Rui Xuan & Wong Xin Ru in real matches, while Sree and Mousumi won the third Indian couple Sutirth Mukherjee and Ayhiku Mukherjee, also with a 3-0 decision.
Men singles: finals: Harmeet Desai bt G. Sathiyan 9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 11-9; Semifinals: G. Sathiyan bt Thomas Jarvis (Eng) 16-14, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9; Harmeet Desai bt Pang Yu En Koen (Sgp) 10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2.
Women singles: finals: Ayhika Mukherjee bt Madhurika Patkar 11-6, 11-4, 11-9, 19-17; Semifinals: Ayhika Mukherjee bt Ho Tin-Tin (Eng) 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4; Madhurika Patkar bt Sreeja Akula 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12.
Men’s doubles: finals: A. Amalraj and Manav Thakkar bt A. Sharath Kamal & G. Sathiyan 8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 12-10; Semi-finals: A. Sharath Kamal & G. Sathiyan bt Pang Yu En Koen & Chua Shao Han Josh (Sgp) 12-10, 11-4, 14-12; A. Amalraj and Manav Thakkar bt Samuel Walker and Thomas Jarvis (Eng) 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5.
Women’s doubles: finals: Pooja Sahasrabudhe & Krtittwika Sinha Roy bt Sreeja Akula & Mousumi Paul 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10; Semifinals: Pooja Sahasrabudhe & Krtittwika Sinha Roy bt Goi Rui Xuan & Wong Xin Ru (Sgp) 11-7, 12-10, 11-9; Sreeja Akula & Mousumi Paul b. Sutirtha Mukherjee & Ayhika Mukherjee 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.
India: 7 golden, 5 silver, 3 bronze
England: 2 silver, 3 bronze
Singapore: 6 bronze
Malaysia: 1 bronze
Nigeria: 1 bronze.

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