Indian women’s TT team enters final, assured of medal

India blanked England 3-0 to set up a summit clash against favourites Singapore.

India's Manika Batra in action at the Commonwealth Games.   -  AP

The Indian women’s table tennis team equalled its best ever performance at the Commonwealth Games by reaching the final here on Sunday.

India blanked England 3-0 to set up a summit clash against favourites Singapore later on Sunday.

It is the second time the women’s team has 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.

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Patkar returned to action alongside the experienced Mouma Das in the doubles. They outplayed Sibley and Maria Tsaptsinos to seal the issue for India.

“I wasn’t even thinking about how I was playing. I was just so pumped and taking the energy and motivation from the bench. We were 1-0 in front and I wanted to go all out to take the team to a 2-0 lead,” said Patkar.

“Having the support from the men’s team and my own women’s team encouraged me to do my very best,” she added.

On the final against a formidable Singapore, Das added: “We would love all your support for tonight’s game against Singapore. They are a very good team but we will play our best.”

Singapore has been the most dominating side ever since table tennis was inducted into the Games’ program in 2002.