CWG 2022: Sharath Kamal assures India of two more medals in TT, Manika to return empty-handed from Birmingham | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: star paddler Charat Kamal continued his sensational run to reach the men’s and mixed doubles finals and secure India at least two more Commonwealth Games medals on Saturday.
Sharath first partnered with G Sathiyan beat the Australian pair of Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7) in a thrilling men’s doubles semi-final.
The Indian duo will face England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitford in the gold medal game.

Sharath then combined with the youngster Sreeja Akula to enter the mixed doubles final with a sizzling 3-2 victory over the Australian duo of Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee.
The Indian pair picked up a 11-9 11-8 9-11 12-14 11-7 victory and will battle for gold against Malaysia’s Karen Lyne and Choong Jayen.
In women’s singles too, Sreeja performed well before suffering a narrow 3-4 loss to Singapore. Tianwei Feng.
Akula lost 6-11 11-8 11-6 9-11 8-11 11-8 10-12 to Feng in a thrilling semi-final.
However, it was a disappointing end to Manika Batra’s campaign at the showpiece after she and women’s doubles partner Diya Parag Chitale lost 1-3 to Welsh pair Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey in the quarter-finals. .
Manika had won four medals, including two gold, in Gold Coast but will have to return empty-handed from Birmingham after failing to reach the podium in just one event.
Earlier, Sharath and Sathiyan qualified for the men’s singles semi-finals.
While Sharath made short work of Singapore player Yong Izaac Quek 4-0 (11-6 11-7 11-4 11-7), Sathiyan was stretched in his 4-2 (11-5 11 -7 11-5 8-11 10-12 11-9) win for Englishman Sam Walker.
“It was a great match, all credit goes to Sam, he fought really hard. I really should have finished that fifth set but I was a little nervous,” Sathiyan said.
“I’ve never beaten Sam so it just came to mind and it wasn’t that easy to play in a big game like this. I kept my cool at the end and I took advantage of the game to get my first semi-final (Commonwealth Games) so I’m really happy,” he added.
However, it was curtains for Sanil Shettywho squandered a one-game lead to lose to home favorite Liam Pitchford 1-4 (11-9 6-11 8-11 8-11 4-11).
In women’s doubles, the two Indian pairs — Sreeja Akul and Reeth Tennisonand Manika Batra and Diya Chitale – won their round of 16.
Akula and Tennnison beat Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang and Lara Whitton of Wales 11-7 11-4 11-3.
Batra and Chitale beat Mauritian pair Jalim Nandeshwaree and Oumehani Hosenally 11-5 11-5 11-3.

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