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Table Tennis men’s final: India beats Singapore 4-1
Match 4: Singles - Harmeet Desai vs Zhe Yu Chew, 3-0
11-6: GOLD FOR INDIA!! Harmeet and Sathiyan help India regain its title from 2018. What a performance from the Indian trio!
10-6: MATCH POINT FOR HARMEET, INDIA!
9-5: A stupendous cross-court smashes freezes Chew to the ground. Sensational from Hameet.
8-4: Harmeet storms ahead once again, a four-point lead.
5-4: Spoke to soon perhaps, Chew wins three points on the trot as India calls for a timeout.
5-1: Chew is visibly down on morale and Harmeet’s pouncing on even the slightest of chances.
3-1: Harmeet’s smashes are receiving feeble returns from Chew who has no answers for now.
Game 3 is on.
11-5: Harmeet extends his lead to 2-0, India one game away from reclaiming the Gold!
10-5: Game point for Harmeet!
9-4: Harmeet accelarates post the break, opens up the lead over Chew.
7-4: Harmeet enters the break with a positive lead.
5-4: Harmeet ups his returns with power and forces Chew off the table on two successive shots.
3-2: Harmeet takes the early command but Chew regains the lead at 4-3.
Game 2 starts.
11-8: Harmeet Desai takes the lead in Match 4 by winning Game 1!
10-8: Chew holds on as Harmeet fumbles with his return.
10-7: Game point for Harmeet!
9-5: Harmeet concedes on after six-straight points!
6-4: Harmeet pulls ahead with three straight points as Chew errs with a couple of shots off the table.
3-4: Superb from Harmeet. He drags Chew far to his left and produces a sensational return that floors the Singaporean.
2-4: Harmeet lifts his bar, but Chew maintains the early command.
0-2: Chew’s flowing backhand stuns Harmeet who is slow off the blocks.
Game 1 about to begin. India, on the cusp of history. Will Harmeet be the man?
Match 3: Singles - G Sathiyan vs Yeaw Pang, 3-1
11-4: There we go, Sathiyan puts India ahead once again with a cracking 3-1 win!
10-4: Match Point.
9-3: Sathiyan bulldozes Pang to create a comfortable lead.
5-3: Sathiyan scythes Pang with a diagonal blinder, nearly flooring his opponent to regain a two-point lead.
3-1: A JAW-DROPPING POINT! Sathiyan moves ahead by taming Pang’s incredible reflexes on this point.
Game 4 starts.
11-7: Sathiyan lets out a huge ROAR as he secures a 2-1 lead!
10-7: Nervy moments here, Pang cuts the lead to three.
10-5: Five game points for Sathiyan.
9-5: Sathiyan moves closer to seal the game after the break.
8-4: Sathiyan continues to pummel the ball hard down the line but Pang narrows the lead to four points.
7-1: Sathiyan opens up a massive lead! Pang seems off rhythm all of a sudden in this game.
3-1: And, Sathiyan bounces back sharply with a slew of cheeky strokes putting Pang offguard.
0-1: A poor miss from Sathiyan hands Pang the first point.
Game 3 starts.
7-11: Game Point for Yeaw! And he takes it as Sathiyan fluffs one off the table.
6-9: Yeaw surges ahead after the break.
5-6: Sathiyan’s getting used to this catch-up game. Drops Yeaw’s lead to one. And we’re back level at 6-6.
2-4: Yeaw Ping takes the early lead.
Game 2 begins.
12-10: Sathiyan completes a spectacular come-from-behind win to take the first game!
9-9: Superb from Sathiyan. He breaks Yeaw’s rhythm with an excellent change in the pace of his returns.
6-9: Sathiyan mounts a comeback, narrows the lead to two before Pang forces another powerful shot straight down the line.
3-8: Incredible power and precision from Yeaw, draws another poor shot from Sathiyan off the table.
2-5: Sathiyan fluffs out once again, India feeling the heat as Yeaw pulls ahead.
1-3: Yeaw Pang induces a great amount of spin on the ball, confounding Sathiyan for the early lead.
Game 1 begins.
Match 2: Singles - Sharath Kamal vs Zhe Yu Chew, 1-3
9-11: Sharath Kamal is beaten, what a triumph for Zhe Chew and Singapore. The match is level 1-1.
9-10: Sharath clings on with a crucial point before the time out.
8-10: Here loads an upset for Kamal, a match point for Zhe Yu Chew!
8-8: And we’re back on level terms once again.
6-7: Zhe overpowers Sharath in a brilliant rally to take the lead.
6-6: The lead narrows to one and Sharath fluffs one to the net once again to squander a three-point edge.
6-3: The officials clean the table after a finding a moisty surface. Sharath pummels a tremendous shot down the line and Chew blows it wide.
3-3: Sharath Kamal propels himself to the lead but Chew holds his nerve.
Game 4 starts.
3-11: Zhe converts second game point and does take the lead. Trouble for Sharath and India.
2-9: Zhe is two points away from taking a 2-1 lead.
1-7: Zhe has come out all guns blazing in the third game.
1-5: More errors from Sharath. Commanding lead for the paddler from Singapore.
1-2: Zhe with the early lead in this crucial third game.
Game 3 begins.
14-12: Nerves of steel shown by Sharath. Seals the game and makes it 1-1.
12-12: Zhe goes for the cross-court forehand but overcooks it.
10-10: Zhe cuts the lead once again, tremendous composure under pressure.
10-8: A sensational return across the court from Sharath powers him to Game Point.
8-6: Sharath Kamal clings onto his lead, crucial couple of points up ahead!
5-5: Zhe Chew razes Sharath’s lead once again and levels the game.
4-1: The legend responds in style to take the early lead.
Game 2 begins.
7-11:Zhe Chew wins Game 1, takes the crucial lead in Match 2.
4-7: And Zhe Chew surges ahead in a flash. Sharath being driven all across the court.
2-3: The southpaw troubles Sharath with his pace and the extra energy also forces him to drag the ball off table.
1-0: Sharath Kamal gets the match underway with a straightforward diagonal smash.
Match 1: Men’s Doubles: Harmeet Desai, G. Sathiyan, IND 3-0 SIN
11-4: Sathiyan and Harmeet seal a flawless 3-0 win, a great start for India in the bid for gold.
10-4: Yong and Pang continue drag the ball far off the table and India gains the match point.
7-2: India soars ahead. Sathiyan looks unbreachable at the moment.
4-2: India waltzes to the lead once again.
Game 3 starts.
11-6: Game Point for India! And India takes a 2-0 lead in style. The Singaporean flair has been quelled once again.
8-6: Sathiyan’s incredible forward presence hands India the lead once again.
6-6: Not giving an inch to one another at the halfway mark.
3-3: Stupendous coordination from Sathiyan and Harmeet on the returns as they induce another mistake from the Singaporeans.
Second game begins.
13-11: Game 1 to India! The game see-sawed from end to another but Sathiyan and Harmeet held their calm.
12-11: Sathiyan induces the error and India leads once again.
11-11: Superb from Yong and Pang, Game Point for Singapore but the Indians manage to hold once again.
10-9: Sathiyan’s return nearly seals the game but slaps the net.
10-8: Resounding comeback from Harmeet and Sathiyan. Game Point!
6-6: Excellent return from Singapore to draw level. Sathiyan and Harmeet are pinned to their toes.
5-3: A couple of jaw-dropping exchanges but India clings onto the lead.
3-1: Sathiyan powers India to the early lead.
Game on! G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai and Singapore’s Yong Quek, Yew Pang are present courtside.
Match 1 will be a doubles clash between India’s G Sathiyan/Harmeet Desai and Singapore’s Yong Quek/Yew Pang.
We are nearly 20 minutes away from the final. India and Singapore met in the semifinal in 2018 where Sharath Kamal powered the Indians to the final in a 3-2 win. They later met Nigeria in the final and drubbed them 3-0 for gold.
Indian men’s table tennis team stormed into the final by defeating Nigeria by 3-0 in the semifinal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Monday.
It was another dominant performance from the Indian paddlers as they didn’t allow Nigeria to take a win in any match. In the first match of the tie, Indian duo Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran registered a comfortable win against Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo 11-6, 11-7 and 11-7. With this win, they led India 1-0 ahead in the tie.In the next match of the tie, India’s experienced player Achanta Sharath Kamal defeated Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri 3-1 to give India a 2-0 lead in the table tennis men’s team semi-final.
In the third match, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran took the first game against Olajide Omotayo. It was a close game as the Indian paddler emerged victorious with an 11-9 scoreline. Sathiyan outclassed Olajide Omotayo 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 in the men’s singles contest as India beat Nigeria 3-0 to reach the final where they will face Singapore.
India and Singapore were part of the same group stage and hence clashed during their second group stage match. India emerged victorious over Singapore 3-0.
The India vs Singapore men’s team table tennis final is scheduled to start at 6 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) on Tuesday, August 2. It will be telecast on the Sony Network and streamed online on Sony Liv. You can also follow all the updates on Sportstar’s blogs.