Table Tennis HIGHLIGHTS, Commonwealth Games 2022: Sharath Kamal wins mixed doubles gold with Sreeja, men’s doubles silver with Sathyan and reaches singles final

Indians in Table Tennis, CWG 2022: Get all the updates, results and highlights of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Veteran Indian paddler Sharath Kamal will play in men’s doubles and mixed doubles gold medal matches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Veteran Indian paddler Sharath Kamal will play in men’s doubles and mixed doubles gold medal matches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Sunday. | Photo Credit:

Indians in Table Tennis, CWG 2022: Get all the updates, results and highlights of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

Thanks for tuning into Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the table tennis events on Day 10 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

A first-ever gold medal for young Sreeja Akula and fifth for Sharath Kamal at Commonwealth Games. Sharath will have the chance to add one more to his collection when he takes on England’s Liam Pitchford in the men’s singles final on Monday. Do join us for live coverage. Till then, take care and stay safe!

Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match - Achanta Sharath Kamal/Sreeja Akula beat Javen Choong/Karen Lyne (Malaysia) 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6)

FOURTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-6: Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula are Commonwealth Champions in mixed doubles!!!
  • ⦿ 10-6: Four gold medal points for Indians.
  • ⦿ 7-5: Well, a couple of errors from Sharath and the Malaysians are back in this.
  • ⦿ 6-2: Sreeja is simply out-thinking the Malaysians and not leaving much to do for Sharath.
  • ⦿ 4-1: Wild inside-out forehand from Karen.
  • ⦿ 3-1: Indians with the early advantage.

THIRD GAME

  • ⦿ 11-5: Backhand error from the Malaysians. India leads 2-1.
  • ⦿ 10-4: Six game points for the Indians.
  • ⦿ 8-3: Errors galore from the Malaysian duo. Game running away from them.
  • ⦿ 5-3: However, the Indian pair has suddenly turned it around. Lovely forehand winner from Sreeja.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Malaysians carry the momentum into the third game and take the early lead.

SECOND GAME

  • ⦿ 9-11: Sharath’s backhand is too flat and goes into the net.
  • ⦿ 8-10: Two game points for the Malaysian duo.
  • ⦿ 7-8: Strong forehand from Sreeja. Karen’s return is too heavy.
  • ⦿ 5-7: Choong with another fantastic forehand and Sreeja is unable to retrieve it.
  • ⦿ 4-5: Excellent cross-court forehand winner from Choong.
  • ⦿ 3-3: And just like that, Indians reel off three points on the trot to level things up.
  • ⦿ 0-3: Just the kind of start the Malaysians would have hoped for.

FIRST GAME

  • ⦿ 11-4: Six game points for Sharath and Sreeja and they convert the first one itself.
  • ⦿ 8-3: Four points in a row for the Indians.
  • ⦿ 4-3: Excellent backhand cross-court winner from Lyne.
  • ⦿ 2-2: Heavy forehand return from Sharath.
  • ⦿ 0-1: Choong hits a forehand winner to start things off.

12:20 PM: Time for final match of the day and it is the mixed doubles gold medal match in which India’s Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula face the Malaysian duo of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne.

Liam Pitchford reaches the men’s singles final with a fabulous 4-1 win over G Sathiyan. The Indian will face Pitchford’s compatriot Paul Drinkhall in the bronze medal match while Pitchford will be up against Sharath Kamal in the gold medal match. Both fixtures will be held on Monday. However, Sharath has one more match to play today. It is the mixed doubles gold medal match where he and Sreeja Akula take on the Malaysian duo of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne at 12:15 AM IST. Stay tuned.

Men’s Singles Semifinal- G. Sathiyan lost to Liam Pitchford (England) 1-4 (5-11, 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 9-11)

FIFTH GAME

  • ⦿ 9-11: Sathiyan overhits the backhand. Pitchford is through to the gold medal match where he will face Sharath Kamal!!!!
  • ⦿ 8-9: Sathiyan continues to force his way back into this tie.
  • ⦿ 6-9: Three points on the trot for the Indian. Can he continue this mini-run and take the game?
  • ⦿ 3-9: The backhand against proves costly for Sathiyan. Pitchford two points away from a place in the final
  • ⦿ 3-7: Consecutive errors on the backhand from Sathiyan
  • ⦿ 3-5: Inaccurate forehand from the Indian.
  • ⦿ 2-3: Sathiyan reduces the gap. If he has to make a comeback, it has got to be now.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Pitchford keeps the pressure on Sathiyan.

FOURTH GAME

  • ⦿ 9-11: Forehand into Sathiyan’s body. Pitchford leads 3-1.
  • ⦿ 9-10: Sathiyan manages to save one.
  • ⦿ 8-10: Two game points for Pitchford.
  • ⦿ 7-9: Too soft a return from Sathiyan. Ball hits the net and falls on his side.
  • ⦿ 7-7: Lovely backhand return from Pitchford into Sathiyan’s body.
  • ⦿ 6-5: Pitchford overhits the forehand down the line.
  • ⦿ 4-4: Unforced error on the forehand from Sathiyan.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Close start to the third game.
  • ⦿ 1-2: Backhand into the net from Sathiyan. Pitchford leads.

THIRD GAME

  • ⦿ 8-11: Pitchford takes a 2-1 lead as Sathiyan hits the forehand into the net.
  • ⦿ 8-10: Sathiyan saves one game point courtesy of an unforced error from Pitchford.
  • ⦿ 7-9: Pitchford misses the ball going for an easy forehand shot.
  • ⦿ 5-9: Sathiyan hits the forehand bang into the net.
  • ⦿ 4-7: Reckless backhand return from Pitchford.
  • ⦿ 2-6: Pitchford extends his lead. Absolute dominance in the third game.
  • ⦿ 1-3: Inside-out forehand winner from Sathiyan to open his account.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Sathiyan’s backhand does not rise high enough.

SECOND GAME

  • ⦿ 11-4: Sensational turnaround from Sathiyan. One game all!
  • ⦿ 9-3: Sathiyan is two points away from making it 1-1.
  • ⦿ 7-2: Seven in a row for the Indian. What has happened to Pitchford all of a sudden?
  • ⦿ 3-2: Sathiyan answers aggression with aggression. Fierce forehand shots. Pitchford hits one return into the net.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Pitchford is in some form. A forehand winner to take the opening point followed by a flat backhand to win the next.

FIRST GAME

  • ⦿ 5-11: Four on the trot for the Englishman. Unbelievably aggressive play and he takes the opening game 11-5.
  • ⦿ 5-7: Pitchford tries to stay in the rally from way back but eventually, Sathiyan comes out on top.
  • ⦿ 4-6: Sathiyan’s backhand hits the net and the ball flies away.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Sathiyan loses his shape while hitting the forehand.
  • ⦿ 2-2: Close start to the first game. Pitchford takes the opening two points before the Indian bounces back to win the next two.

Sharath Kamal reaches men’s singles final at Commonwealth Games for the first time since his gold medal-winning campaign in Melbourne in 2006. He now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between compatriot G Sathiyan and England’s Liam Pitchford.

Men’s Singles Semifinal- Achanta Sharath Kamal beats Paul Drinkhall (England) 4-2 (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8)

SIXTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-8: Drinkhall hits the forehand into the net. Sharath Kamal reaches singles final at CWG for the first time since 2006!!!!
  • ⦿ 10-7: Three match points for Sharath!!!!
  • ⦿ 9-7: Sharath mishits the forehand. Two point game now.
  • ⦿ 9-6: Strong backhand from Drinkhall. Perhaps, one last attempt.
  • ⦿ 8-5: Flat forehand from Sharath, Drinkhall standing too far back sends the backhand which does not rise enough and hits the net.
  • ⦿ 6-5: Drinkhall finds a way to hit the forehand down the line winner despite attacks from the Indian’s cross-court backhand shots.
  • ⦿ 6-3: Net favours Sharath. The return takes the deflection and the ball dies on Drinkhall’s side.
  • ⦿ 5-3: Drinkhall says, “Not yet.” Three on the trot for the Englishman to reduce the gap.
  • ⦿ 5-0: Sharath is running away with this game.
  • ⦿ 2-0: Just the kind of start Sharath would have hoped for.

FIFTH GAME

  • ⦿ 9-11: Drinkhall goes for a quick push across the net and it works as Sharath’s forehand is heavy. Drinkhall trails 2-3.
  • ⦿ 9-10: Sharath saves one game point. Can he save another?
  • ⦿ 8-10: Sharath gets overexcited and hits the forehand bang into the net.
  • ⦿ 7-9: Drinkhall sends the forehand down the line. Sharath does not get the right connection and ball flies away.
  • ⦿ 6-8: Clever serve from Sharath. Lots of spin on it and Drinkhall’s return goes long.
  • ⦿ 4-7: Heavy backhand from Drinkhall.
  • ⦿ 3-6: Sharath ends the Englishmen’s four-point run with a forehand that Drinkhall completely misses.
  • ⦿ 2-5: Drinkhall forces Sharath wide and sends the backhand down the line.
  • ⦿ 2-4: Faulty backhand from Sharath.
  • ⦿ 2-2: A quick push from Drinkhall across the net but he does not find the table.
  • ⦿ 0-1: The net favours Drinkhall as the ball takes a deflection and goes sideways. Sharath is unable to make the return.

FOURTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-7: Drinkhall hits the backhand into the net. Sharath takes the game and leads 3-1!!!
  • ⦿ 10-7: Drinkhall saves two game points.
  • ⦿ 10-5: Drinkhall’s backhand hits the net and goes beyond the table.
  • ⦿ 8-5: Sharath’s forehand down the line misses the table completely.
  • ⦿ 8-4: Three points on the trot for the Indian.
  • ⦿ 6-4: Drinkhall messes up the third-ball shot.
  • ⦿ 5-3: Sharath assesses Drinkhall’s position and goes for a quick push across. Excellent work.
  • ⦿ 4-3: Heavy forehand from Drinkhall lands beyond the table.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Drinkhall’s forehand hits the net.
  • ⦿ 2-2: A forehand down the line winner from the Indian.
  • ⦿ 1-1: Soft return from Sharath on Drinkhall’s serve. Ball hits the net.

THIRD GAME

  • ⦿ 8-11: Sharath does not get enough height on the forehand. Drinkhall wins third game 11-8.
  • ⦿ 8-10: Sharath saves two game points.
  • ⦿ 6-9: Wonderful forehand down the line from Drinkhall. Two points away from winning the game.
  • ⦿ 5-7: Drinkhall, despite being so far back from the table, manages to send a forehand deep enough to force out a faulty forehand from the Indian.
  • ⦿ 5-6: Net slows down the already soft forehand return from Sharath. Lucky point.
  • ⦿ 3-5: Sharath gets the opportunity to go for a full-blooded forehand down the line and does not miss. Heavy return from Drinkhall.
  • ⦿ 1-4: Drinkhall does not manage to get the full racquet on the ball for the forehand. His run of four points in a row ends.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Attacking backhand returns from Drinkhall. Two-point lead.

SECOND GAME

  • ⦿ 11-8: A spinning forehand from Sharath does the damage as Drinkhall is cramped for room. Sharath leads 2-0!!!
  • ⦿ 10-7: Drinkhall defends with all his might and experience but Sharath keeps blasting one smash after another and eventually draws out a heavy backhand return from the Englishmen. Three game points.
  • ⦿ 8-5: Long backhand from Sharath.
  • ⦿ 7-4: Forehand down the line from Sharath and Drinkhall is unable to retrieve the ball.
  • ⦿ 5-4: Soft forehand from Sharath. Goes only as far as the net.
  • ⦿ 4-3: Down-the-line forehand winner from Drinkhall. Gap down to one.
  • ⦿ 4-1: Drinkhall finally opens his account in the second game.
  • ⦿ 3-0: Error on the backhand from the Englishmen. Drinkhall asks for a time out.
  • ⦿ 2-0: Sharath smashes the ball cross-court for a brutal winner.

FIRST GAME

  • ⦿ 11-8: This time, Sharath sends a brilliant spinning forehand from way back and Drinkhall’s attempted forehand down the line misses the table by a mile. Sharath takes the opening game and leads 1-0.
  • ⦿ 10-7: Drinkhall steps as far as he can go keep the rally alive but eventually, Sharath manages to break his defense. Three game points.
  • ⦿ 9-6: Gentle serve from Drinkhall and Sharath hits the cross-court forehand winner.
  • ⦿ 8-5: Drinkhall ends Sharath’s run of five consecutive points with a backhand down the line.
  • ⦿ 7-4: Four points on the trot for the Indian.
  • ⦿ 4-4: Sharath forces Drinkhall to the right with the inside-out forehand and finishes the point with a forehand down the line.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Service error from Sharath.
  • ⦿ 2-2: Two heavy forehand shots from the Englishmen. Scores level.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Overcooked backhand from Sharath.

9:48 PM: Sharath Kamal is set to play his fifth singles semifinal at Commonwealth Games. Sharath and Paul Drinkhall had previously faced each other in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow where Sharath won 4-1 in the quarterfinals.

However, Sharath and Sathiyan both have a chance at redemption. In the men’s singles semifinals, Sharath faces Drinkhall and Sathiyan will be up against Pitchford. The first semifinal between Sharath and Drinkhall begins at 9:50 PM IST.

Four years ago, Sharath and Sathiyan had lost to Pitchford and Drinkhall despite having a 2-1 lead in the gold medal match. Today, it was the English pair who took the lead but it managed to successfully defende its title.

Men’s doubles gold medal match- G Sathiyan/Sharath Kamal lost 2-3 (11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11) to Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford (England)

FIFTH GAME

  • ⦿ 4-11: Sharath’s forehand hits the net. England wins the match 3-2 and successfully defends the gold medal!!!!
  • ⦿ 4-10: Long backhand from Sharath and six gold medal points for the home favourites.
  • ⦿ 4-9: Another forehand error from Sathiyan.
  • ⦿ 4-8: Pitchford finds the vacant left corner and hits the flattest of the forehand winners.
  • ⦿ 4-7: A rare error on the backhand from Sharath. Englishmen in the driver’s seat now.
  • ⦿ 4-6: Lot of power on Drinkhall’s cross-court forehand and Sathiyan is unable to put the return across the net.
  • ⦿ 4-5: For the first time in this game, the Englishmen take the lead.
  • ⦿ 4-4: Drinkhall almost went out of the camera frame to hit the inside out forehand winner.
  • ⦿ 4-3: Drinkhall’s flat forehand hits the net.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Sharath comes up with a down-the-line backhand winner.
  • ⦿ 2-3: Three points on the trot for England
  • ⦿ 2-2: Another error on the forehand from Sathiyan. Hasn’t been his best shot at all today.
  • ⦿ 2-0: Pitchford makes the error. Hits the forehand long.
  • ⦿ 1-0: Sathiyan finally finds a forehand winner.

FOURTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-7: Indians take the crucial fourth game and take the match to a deciding fifth one!!!
  • ⦿ 10-6: Pitchford’s forehand goes beyond the table. Four game points for the Indians.
  • ⦿ 9-5: Two consecutive points for the Indian pair to move ahead.
  • ⦿ 7-4: Fantastic coordination between the two Indians to keep the rally alive before a flat forehand from Sharath drew the error from the men in red.
  • ⦿ 5-4: Drinkhall overcooks the cross-court backhand and sends it long.
  • ⦿ 4-3: Sharath splits the two Englishmen with his forehand return. Genius.
  • ⦿ 3-3: Errors piling up on Sathiyan’s end. Faulty forehand.
  • ⦿ 2-2: Sathiyan fails to anticipate Drinkhall’s cross-court return and hits the forehand into the net.
  • ⦿ 0-1: This is a must-win game for the Indians. The Englishmen are on a roll. Sensational forehand winner from Pitchford.

THIRD GAME

  • ⦿ 3-11: Horrible forehand return from Sathiyan. Hits the net. England takes 2-1 lead.
  • ⦿ 2-9: Sathiyan completely misses the ball while going for the spinning backhand.
  • ⦿ 2-6: Drinkhall is in some form now. Not only that, even the net is helping him. Just like this point where his soft forehand return caught the net and died on the Indian pair’s end.
  • ⦿ 2-4: Rally of the match so far. Englishmen were defending for their lives but ultimately, Pitchford lost his balance and lost the point too.
  • ⦿ 1-4: Quick forehand return from Drinkhall catches Indian pair off guard.
  • ⦿ 0-3: Strong start for Pitchford and Drinkhall in the third game. Indian pair has asked for a time out.
  • ⦿ 0-2: A thunderous forehand down the line winner from Drinkhall.
  • ⦿ 0-1: Sathiyan goes for a cheeky net shot and messes it up.

SECOND GAME

  • ⦿ 8-11: The English pair is all pumped up and why shouldn’t it be!! Pitchford and Drinkhall win second game by the same scoreline with which they had lost the first one.
  • ⦿ 8-9: Cross-court backhand return from Sathiyan wins the point for the Indians.
  • ⦿ 7-8: Drinkhall’s backhand down the line goes long.
  • ⦿ 5-7: Excellent combination play from the two Englishmen. They pushed the Indians on opposite ends and Pitchford finally found Sharath standing on the wrong end with his cross-court return.
  • ⦿ 5-6: India closes the gap. Drinkhall and Pitchford opt for a time out.
  • ⦿ 4-6: Drinkhall completely misses the table going for his forehand down the line.
  • ⦿ 2-6: Indians manage to stop the English pair’s run of six points.
  • ⦿ 1-5: Brilliant backhand winner down the line from Pitchford. No chance for the Indian pair.
  • ⦿ 1-4: Four points in a row. The English pair looks in much better shape than the opening game.
  • ⦿ 1-1: Sharath’s forehand is not high enough, takes a deflection off the net and lands past the table.

FIRST GAME

  • ⦿ 11-8: Sharath and Sathiyan take the opening game.
  • ⦿ 10-7: Quick rally and eventually, Drinkhall’s forehand hits the net.
  • ⦿ 8-7: Three points on the trot for Pitchford and Drinkhall.
  • ⦿ 8-5: The English pair takes the pace off the ball and Sathiyan falters on the backhand return.
  • ⦿ 7-4: Sathiyan comes up with one brilliant forehand winner across the net.
  • ⦿ 5-3: Pitchford’s backhand return does not make it pass the net.
  • ⦿ 3-2: Lose forehand return on Drinkhall’s serve from Sharath.
  • ⦿ 1-1: Reckless forehand from Drinkhall. Ball goes flying off the table.

7:05 PM: It is time for the men’s doubles final. India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan are up against host nation England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford .

The Indian is in tears. After a heartbreak loss in the semifinal, she came so close to winning a bronze before Liu came on top. However, she needs to pick herself up as in a few hours time, she’ll be partnering Achanta Sharath Kamal in the mixed doubles gold medal match. Before that, Sharath will be in action, teaming up with G Sathiyan in the men’s doubles gold medal match against England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford at 7:05 PM IST.

Women’s Singles Bronze Medal Match - Sreeja Akula lost 3-4 (11-3, 6-11, 2-11, 11-7, 13-15, 11-9, 7-11) to Yangzi Liu (Australia)

SEVENTH GAME

  • ⦿ 7-11: Sreeja is unable to fight back one final time as her forehand hits the net and goes off. Liu wins her second CWG bronze in a row!!!
  • ⦿ 7-9: Net favours Sreeja again. Backhand takes a minimal deflection off the net and dies down on Liu’s side.
  • ⦿ 6-9: Weak serve from Sreeja lets Liu settle in before hitting the winner.
  • ⦿ 6-8: Sreeja wins a 19-shot rally as Liu’s final backhand lands beyond the table.
  • ⦿ 5-7: Liu breaks Sreeja’s momentum. Heavy backhand from the Indian.
  • ⦿ 4-6: Another epic comeback on the cards? Liu’s forehand goes long.
  • ⦿ 2-6: Sreeja sets up the point with two inside-out forehand before hit the down-the-line winner.
  • ⦿ 1-6: Excellent defense from Sreeja before unleashing the cross-court forehand but it goes long.
  • ⦿ 1-4: Liu restores her three-point lead as Sreeja sends the return long.
  • ⦿ 0-3: A positive start from Liu after a horrendous dip in form midway through sixth game.

SIXTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-9: From 2-7 down, Sreeja wins the game as Liu’s forehand goes long. We will have the seventh and deciding game in this bronze medal match.
  • ⦿ 9-9: The net Gods have risen!!! A slight deflection from Sreeja’s forehand and the ball dies on Liu’s end.
  • ⦿ 8-9: Liu is ahead again as Sreeja’s forehand hits the net and goes off.
  • ⦿ 8-8: Sreeja back level again!!!! A thrilling rally and she finally draws out a heavy forehand from Liu.
  • ⦿ 6-8: Liu swings and misses the easiest of the forehands as she does not even make contact with the ball.
  • ⦿ 3-8: Liu keeps peppering at Sreeja’s backhand, gets the opportunity and sends the cross-court forehand.
  • ⦿ 1-6: Even the forehand is betraying Sreeja now. Liu five points away from bronze medal.
  • ⦿ 1-5: Problems increasing for Sreeja. Four-point deficit.
  • ⦿ 1-3: Another error on the backhand from the Indian.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Liu attacks Sreeja’s backhand and reaps the reward.

FIFTH GAME

  • ⦿ 13-15: Liu lets out a big roar as Sreeja’s forehand down the line goes long. Liu leads 3-2.
  • ⦿ 13-13: Liu pushes the backhand a little too much. Sreeja saves fourth game point.
  • ⦿ 12-12: Sreeja saves third game point with another gorgeous cross-court forehand.
  • ⦿ 11-11: Incredible stuff from Liu to save the game point. Eventually, Sreeja was standing too deep and could not manage to get her return on the table.
  • ⦿ 10-10: Inside-out forehand does land this time from Sreeja.
  • ⦿ 9-10: Sreeja saves one as Liu’s backhand takes a deflection off the net and goes off.
  • ⦿ 8-10: Two game points for Liu.
  • ⦿ 6-8: Inside-out forehand from Sreeja takes a deflection off the net and goes off the table.
  • ⦿ 6-6: Sreeja will not back down. Forces an overcooked forehand from Liu.
  • ⦿ 4-5: Deep inside-out forehand return from Liu. Sreeja’s backhand lands into the net.
  • ⦿ 3-4: Three on the trot for Sreeja. Lovely forehand down the line.
  • ⦿ 1-4: Sreeja manages to get something on the scoresheet as Liu’s forehand does not rise enough to close the net.
  • ⦿ 0-3: Liu takes the early lead.

FOURTH GAME

  • ⦿ 11-7: Sreeja runs around the backhand side and hits a thunderous down-the-line forehand to level it up at 2-2.
  • ⦿ 8-6: Liu defends Sreeja’s cross-court forehand who then goes for down-the-line but overhits it.
  • ⦿ 8-4: What a turnaround from Sreeja!!! Six points in a row.
  • ⦿ 3-4: Sreeja reduces the deficit. Needs more of this.
  • ⦿ 0-3: Akula puts everything in her forehand. However, Liu simply directs the ball with her backhand down the line and Sreeja is nowhere close to reach the ball.
  • ⦿ 0-1: Cross-court forehand from Sreeja does not land on the table.

THIRD GAME

  • ⦿ 2-11: Sreeja overcooks the forehand. Liu takes third game and leads 2-1.
  • ⦿ 2-10: Eight game points for Liu. Solid performance.
  • ⦿ 2-7: Cross-court forehand from Sreeja lands past the table.
  • ⦿ 1-6: Liu in the driver’s seat now. Another overhit forehand from Sreeja.
  • ⦿ 1-3: Sreeja opens her account as Liu’s forehand takes a deflection off the net and flies off the table.
  • ⦿ 0-2: Liu has sorted her defense out and is easily returning Sreeja’s shots.

SECOND GAME

  • ⦿ 6-11: Backhand into the net from Sreeja. Liu levels things up by taking the second game.
  • ⦿ 6-10: Liu puts Sreeja on the defense and eventually draws out a faulty backhand. Four game points.
  • ⦿ 6-6: A deep forehand from Liu cramps Sreeja for room and she hits a weak forehand into the net.
  • ⦿ 3-3: A smashing forehand down-the-line from the Indian after Liu lifts the ball a little too much.
  • ⦿ 2-2: Much closer start to the second game. Sreeja’s backhand fails to cross the net.

FIRST GAME

  • ⦿ 11-3: Liu’s backhand lands into the net. Sreeja takes the opening game comfortably.
  • ⦿ 10-3: Faulty forehand from Liu. Seven game points for Sreeja.
  • ⦿ 8-2: Sreeja is running away with the first game.
  • ⦿ 5-1: Liu stops the Indian’s run of five straight points to open her account. Sreeja’s forehand hits the net.
  • ⦿ 3-0: Sreeja wins the opening three points with some crisp forehand shots.

4 PM: Both paddlers have entered the arena.

3:50 PM: Women’s singles bronze medal clash between Sreeja Akula and Australia’s Yangzi Liu is about to start.

India’s Table Tennis Schedule for August 7
3:35 PM- women’s singles bronze medal match- Sreeja Akula vs Yangzi Liu (Australia)
7:05 PM- men’s doubles gold medal match- G Sathiyan/Sharath Kamal vs Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford (England)
9:50 PM Men’s singles semifinal- Sharath Kamal vs Paul Drinkhall (England)
10:40 PM men’s singles semifinal- G. Sathiyan vs Liam Pitchford (England)
12:15 AM (Aug 8)- Mixed doubles gold medal match- Sharath Kamal/ Sreeja Akula vs Javen Choong/Karen Lyne (Malaysia)

PREVIEW:

Veteran Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal will eye multiple gold medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

Sharath, who has already clinched a gold in the men’s team event, will feature in the men’s doubles final with G Sathiyan and mixed doubles final with Sreeja Akula.

Sharath will also be competing against England’s Paul Drinkhall in the semifinal in singles. Sathiyan will face Liam Pitchford in the other semifinal.

The day starts with Sreeja Akula’s bronze medal match against Australia’s Yangzi Liu.

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