CWG 2018 Table Tennis: Manika Batra-Mouma Das bag women's doubles silver

Manika Batra and Mouma Das

CWG 2018 Table Tennis: Manika Batra-Mouma Das bag women's doubles silver

Manika Batra, who has been in splendid form in this Commonwealth Games, continued her purple patch as she clinched a gold medal in the table tennis singles competition.

This caps off a memorable edition of the Games for the Table Tennis team who have won seven medals at Gold Coast, including three golds, two silvers and two bronzes. With the help of her medal, India added a 5th wrestling gold, and in process matching the country's tally at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

But what caught the imagination of table tennis fans at Gold Coast was her brilliant win in the women's singles final. In the other match, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Saharabudhe lost the bronze medal match 1-3 (13-15, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11) to Ho Ying and Lyne Karen of Malaysia.

"To be Commonwealth Games champion is something I never really dreamed of; well it is actually it is something I always dreamed of, but it is something I never thought was possible". Two weeks later, they etched their names on quite a few history pages and thus ended their Gold Coast campaign recording their best-ever finish at CWG.

Earlier, Amit Panghal won silver medal after losing to England's Galal Yafai in men's 46-49kg final. Saina had also won the title in 2010 in New Delhi.

Manika defeated Tianwei Feng of Singapore 4-3 (12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11) in a topsy-turvy encounter.

Sharath turned out to be India's next best performer with three medals - one apiece of each metal. Also, this was for the first time where both the men's and the women's team bagged top honour in table tennis event.

In the first semi-final, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das were beaten by Ning Gao and Yu Mengyu of Singapore 3-2.

Her partner Sathiyan, who hails from Chennai, won his third medal at the Games after previously winning gold in the men's team event and silver in men's doubles with Sharath Kamal.

Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal beat England's Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry 11-10, 11-5 to enter women's doubles squash final.

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