Gold Coast: Indian women’s paddlers pulled off a huge upset on Sunday to win the Women’s Team Table Tennis Gold in the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
In the final, India defeated the favourites Singapore 3-1 to clinch their seventh Gold.
India have become the second team to win Women’s Team Table Tennis Gold. Singapore had won the Gold in each editions since it was introduced in 2002.
The final began with a win for India in the first match as world No. 58 Manika Batra defeated veteran Tianwei Feng. The Indian paddler held on to her nerve despite going 2-1 down to clinch the tie against world No. 4 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7.
In the second match, Mengyu Yu defeated Madhurika Patkar 3-0 to level the tie. Patkar made a solid start to her match but lost the opening game despite having two match points. After that Singapore athlete registered comprehensive victories in next two games to clinch the match 11-13, 11-2, 11-6.
The turnaround began in the third match when the doubles pair of Patkar and Mouma Das defeated the duo of Mengyu Yu and Yihan Zhou 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7.
Batra won the fourth match 3-0 against Yihan Zhou 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 to lead India to the historic Gold.
The victory allowed India to continue its Gold rush on Day 4 of the Games as they won the sixth medal of the day. It was also the nation’s seventh Gold medal and 12th overall in ths edition of the Games. Other than this, India have won two Silver and three Bronze medals.