Ziyu Zhang the mainstay of the Australian Bronze success with two singles wins
It was Women’s Medal Day in the Table Tennis Competition at the 20th Commonwealth Game played at Scotstoun Sports Campus today
First up on court the Women’s Bronze medal match which went one way and then the other right up to the end. Ziyu Zhang began with a 3-1 defeat of Shamini Kumaresan, India replied in the battle of the close to the table pimpled twiddlers, Manika Batra defeating Jian Fang Lay with her better hitting on the smooth side.
So to the doubles, 21-19 to India in the first, 11-3 to Australia in the second, was there a bad way round for the Indians? yes was the answer, India won the third again close 11-9, and Australia responded 11-4, In the fifth the Australians took a lead into the changeover at 5-2 and were never really troubled after that.
Fourth game Ziyu Zhang against Madhurika Suhas Patkar, Zhang took the first 11-9, Patkar replied with the next two games (11-5, 11-8), Zhang took the fourth 11-8 and came back from behind to win the Bronze Medal 11-9 in the fifth game as the Indian player became a little tentative and tight missing some important hitting opportunities.
Tianwei Feng, living up to her high rating with straightforward wins
So to the Gold Medal match could the Malaysian team beat the perennial Gold Medalists Singapore. the answer was emphatically no, Singapore ran off three games in double quick time, Mengyu Yu defeated Ng Sock Khim 3-1, Tianwei Feng defeated Beh Lee Wei in 3 decisive games and the doubles was taken by Singapore 3-1 as well.
Singapore remain with their stranglehold on the Womens Team Gold Medal winning it for the fourth time in four attempts
Full Results and Further Information
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Full Results, Schedule of Play
Commonwealth Games – Flickr Gallery
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Memorable Moments – Saturday 26th July
Photographs courtesy of Paul Devlin