CWG 2022 Table Tennis FINAL: Defending Champions India wins a Gold medal, defeats Singapore 3-1 in Men’s Team event final
CWG 2022 Table Tennis FINAL: A clinical India won the men’s team table tennis event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 by claiming victory with a 3-1 victory against Singapore in the final match, which took place on Tuesday at the National Exhibition Centre in this city.
As a result of this, the India team successfully defended their championship, as they had previously won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast with a 3-1 victory over Nigeria in the final.
The top-ranked singles player in India, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, teamed up with Harmeet Desai to win the opening doubles match 3-0 against Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong and Pang Yew En Koen. This match was the first summit tie between India and Singapore. India fielded the same lineup that they had used previously (13-11, 11-7, 11-5).
The Indian table tennis pair, who was also instrumental in India’s gold medal win at Gold Coast 2018, raced to a 6-3 lead but were plagued by the Singaporean combination as the game went. The Indian pair was also instrumental in India’s gold medal triumph at Gold Coast 2018.
Izaac Quek Yong, who is only 16 years old, and Pang Yew En Koen, who is 20 years old, formed a right and left combination that recovered and went on to win the next four points and take the lead. However, in order to stage a comeback, Harmeet and Sathiyan utilized a variety of flicks and top spins. The Indians were able to pull off the victory in the pivotal game despite the fact that they surrendered two game points.
After that point, the Indian pair played with a greater level of confidence, maintained their forward momentum, and won the second and third games of the match with relative ease.
Following that, India’s national champion Sharath Kamal, who had earlier advanced to the semifinals by defeating Nigeria’s world No. 15 Quadri Aruna, was defeated by Singapore’s world No. 133 Zhe Yu Clarence Chew by a score of 3-1 (11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9) This result was a major upset.
Sharath, who is ranked 39th, was taken aback by Clarence Chew’s pace in the first game, but he went on to win the next game with the help of his powerful forehand and some good fortune at the net.
Clarence Chew, who is 26 years old, thoroughly controlled Sharath Kamal by using a combination of shots that were diagonal and those that were down the line. Despite having a 4-1 lead in the fourth game, the Indian player, who is 40 years old, was unable to win the long rallies, which opened the door for Singapore.
Sathiyan, who is only 20 years old, replied to India being put under pressure for the first time in the competition by defeating Pang Yew En Koen, who is also 20, by a score of 3-1 (10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11).
Sathiyan got off to a poor start, but he picked up the pace and ended up winning the game of halves.
On the other hand, the Singaporean won the following game thanks to his superior pitching.
Sathiyan found himself simply speculating on what top spins Pang Yew En Koen might play next. The Native Americans went on the offensive, which resulted in his team regaining the lead position.
When Harmeet Desai competed in his lone second singles encounter at Birmingham 2022, he was up against the free-flowing Zhe Yu Clarence Chew, who had previously defeated Sharath Kamal in the second match. Harmeet Desai faced an uphill fight against Zhe Yu Clarence Chew.
The 121st-ranked Indian player was ready for the challenge and defeated the fatigued Pang Yew En Koen 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-6) with crisp returns, which contributed to India’s victory in back-to-back gold medal matches.
Earlier in the competition, the Indian women’s team, which was captained by their best table tennis player Manika Batra, was defeated by Malaysia in the quarter-finals by a score of 3-2. This was a significant upset. The table tennis competition at Birmingham 2022 will get underway on Wednesday with the men’s singles and pairs categories.