Star paddler Sharath Kamal continued his sensational run by entering the finals of both the men’s and mixed doubles events, guaranteeing India at least two more medals at the Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.
Sharath first paired with G Sathian and defeated 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.
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The Indian pair will face England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford in the gold medal match.
Sharath then entered the mixed doubles final with youngster Sreeja Akula and won 3–2 over the Australian pair of Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Ji.
The Indian pair won 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7 and battled for the gold medal against Malaysia’s Karen Lion and Chung Jain.
Sreeja also performed well in the women’s singles and lost to Singapore’s Tianwei Feng 3-4.
Akula lost to Feng 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12 in the semifinals.
Earlier, Sharath and Sathian entered the men’s singles semi-finals.
Sharath defeated Singaporean Yong Izak Quek 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7), while Sathian 4-2 (11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 8- 11) was overcome. 10-12 11-9) England’s Sam Walker wins.
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“It was a good match, all credit to Sam, he fought really hard. I really should have closed in that fifth set but I was a bit nervous,” Sathian said.
“I’ve never beaten Sam, so it got to me and it wasn’t easy to play in such a big match. I finally kept calm and took the match to reach my first (Commonwealth Games) semi-final so I’m really happy,” he added.
However, a game lead was lost to Sunil Shetty as he lost 1-4 (11-9 6-11 8-11 8-11 4-11) to home favorite Liam Pitchford.
In women’s doubles, both Indian pairs – Sreeja Akul and Reeth Tennyson, and Manika Batra and Dia Chitale – won their round of 16 matches.
Akula and Tennyson defeated Wales’ Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang and Lara Whitton 11-7, 11-4, 11-3.
Batra and Chitale defeated the Mauritian pair of Jalim Nandeshware and Omehani Hosseinli 11-5 11-5 11-3.
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