India Claims 2018 Commonwealth Games Team Gold Medals

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Team India has defied the odds at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with two gold medal victories across the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events on the Gold Coast.

Never before had India captured the Women’s Team title at the Commonwealth Games with opponents Singapore having won the gold medal on each occasion since 2002.

Manika Batra got the ball rolling for Team India with a fantastic display against Feng Tianwei (11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7) but Singapore hit back through Yu Mengyu, who accounted for Madhurika Patkar in straight games (13-11, 11-2, 11-6).

India then followed up with a doubles win over Yu Mengyu and Zhou Yihan courtesy of Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar (11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7) before Manika Batra completed the victory with a fine outing against Zhou Yihan (11-7, 11-4, 11-7).

“I was just thinking at 7-all that I had to win, I had to win the medal for India, I wanted to stand on the top step of the podium and here the Indian national anthem played.” – Manika Batra

In the Men’s Team competition India faced Nigeria in the gold medal contest and as anticipated it was a comfortable outing for the line-up of Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnansekaran and Harmeet Desai.

Sharath Kamal Achanta handed Team India the early lead in the final with a four games success over Bode Abiodun (4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9) with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran extending the advantage thanks his win against Segun Toriola (10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4).

Returning to the table for the second fixture in a row Sathiyan Gnanasekaran partnered Harmeet Desai in the doubles, beating Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun by three games to nil (11-8, 11-5, 11-3) to seal the gold medal.

“After losing the first game I said to myself start again from love-all. My legs were fast I was quick to attack. He needed time to play his strokes, so I tried to give him no time. The doubles was perfect with Harmeet, we were strong from the very first point.” – Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

England received the bronze medals across both the Men’s Team and Women’s Team tournaments.

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