After winning a gold medal in the men’s table tennis final at the Commonwealth Games 2022, star Indian paddler Sharath Kamal said he is looking forward to winning more medals in singles, doubles and mixed categories. The Indian men’s table tennis team won the gold medal by defeating Singapore 3-1 in the final of the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Tuesday. It was another impressive performance by the Indian paddlers.
“I am looking for more medals in singles, doubles and mixed. I hope this is just the beginning. This is the first time I have defended a title and we have done it very well. It is a very strong team. It (gold) builds a lot of confidence, going into future matches,” Sharath Kamal said.
Gold-medallist teammate Harmeet Desai said defending the title is always challenging and added that when the national anthem was played, he went to bed as he took his place on the podium.
“It feels great. Defending our title is a big challenge. It’s a happy moment for all of us. We beat tough teams like Nigeria and Singapore in the last 2 days, so it’s a happy moment for me. We got goosebumps (when the national anthem was played), we live for that moment,” Harmeet Desai said.
Talking about the event, in the first match at NEC Table Tennis Show Court 1, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran went up against Yong Izak Kwek and Yu N Koen Pang. The Indian pair were firing on all cylinders and looked more comfortable in the second game as they took an early lead and closed the game 11-7.
The Indian pair beat their Singapore rivals 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 in the third game to give India an early lead with an overall match score of 1-0. India are the defending champions in the men’s team table tennis final.
In the second match of the final, Sharath Kamal Achanta took on Zhe Yu Clarence Chew. The first game was a tough one for the Indian ace as he lost 7-11 against his Singapore rival.
Sharath Kamal made a strong comeback and won the second game 14-12. Chew of Singapore won the third game 11-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. They also won the fourth game 11-9 and the second match was tied 1-1 in favor of Singapore 11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9.
In the third match, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran locked horns with Yuen Koen Pang. The Indian player made a spectacular comeback to win 12-10.
In the second game of the third match, Pang defeated Sathiyan 11-7 but the Indian kept the pressure on and went on to win the third game 11-7 and eventually win the match.
The scoreline 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 showed a spectacular comeback from the Indian player.
In the third match, Harmeet Desai defeated Ze Yu Clarence Chew, who had earlier defeated Sharath Kamal Achanta.
Harmeet started strongly and won the first game 11-8. He kept the momentum going and won in straight sets 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
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