Commonwealth Games: Manika Batra-Mouma Das settle for silver

Commonwealth Games 2018 Sensational Manika Batra Wins Historic Table Tennis Women

India's women's doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das clinched the silver medal while seasoned pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan entered the summit clash in the table tennis competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Friday. India has already recorded its best-ever showing in table tennis at Commonwealth Games, winning three gold, two silver and a bronze.

"I am very happy that I won a gold medal for India, and I am waiting to come back and meet my family, my coach Sandeeep sir and all the Indians who supported me, thank you so much", she told ANI.

They briefly stuttered mid-match but finished strongly to win 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8.

MC Mary Kom's delightful smile on being confirmed as victor of the women's boxing 48kg gold in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and her Northern Ireland rival Kristina O'Hara's warm hug for the much older and well-decorated champion added to the array of images that are embedded in the recesses of every fan of hers on Saturday. That win gave her Indian teammates the confidence they can beat Singapore, the dominant force at Commonwealth Games.

"The experience was incredible - I defeated the world number four earlier today and now YU to win gold", said Batra. The World No. 48 takes on England's Samuel Walker in the bronze play-off.


Hopefully, the men's team will do better in their bronze medal match against England. He remains the only Indian to win the men's singles title at the Games.

Saina Nehwal also reached gold medal match with a gutsy performance against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. Also, this was for the first time where both the men's and the women's team bagged top honour in table tennis event. The Indian pair lost 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11.

After beating top-seed Tianwei Feng in the semi-final, Batra entered the final confidently and started well.

Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had to settle to silver in the final of the women's doubles squash losing to New Zealand's Joelle King and Amanda Landers- Murphy.

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