The Final Days play in the first session of the Table Tennis Competition at the Scotstoun Sport Campus, part of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow produced a historic result for the England team
Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengu, too strong in the Semi Final
First on court were the Women’s Doubles Semi Finals, Australia continued their excellent results in this event Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao, the fifth seeds,beating Canada’s Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo, the fourth seeds in a remarkable 3 straight games (11-8, 11-7, 11-7).
The second semi final was also in three straight games the top seeds, the Singaporean partnership of Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengu defeated England’s Kelly Sibley and Joanna Drinkhall (11-9, 11-9, 11-6).
Gao Ning, extended the points as far as he could against Liam Pitchford
The two Men’s Singles Semi Finals could not have been more different but in both the all conquering Singaporeans triumphed.
In Semi Final 1, Gao Ning had possibly the closest match of the Championships, 2-1 for Gao Ning moved to 3-2 to Liam but the No 1 seed from Singapore was just superb as he grabbed the last two games for a 4-3 win (11-8, 11-13, 14-12, 6-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6)
The second Semi Final was the complete opposite Zhan Jian, also from Singapore, the second seed totally dominated Sharath Kamal Achanta of India giving him no time at all to produce the delightful play he can produce. Zhan Jian won in 4 straight games (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8)
Thus the same final as in Delhi 2010 will play out again later today
Mixed Doubles Medallists
So to the Mixed Doubles Medal Matches and what a hour for English Table Tennis it was.
The Bronze Medal Match began proceedings and the Singaporean No 1 Seeds Feng Tianwei and Zhan Jian faced England’s Kelly Sibley and Danny Reed first game went to Singapore but superb play from the relatively lowly ranked England Duo took the next three games and the Bronze medal setting up an all England Podium for the Medal Ceremony (5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10).
The Gold Medal Match was all England. Joanna and Paul Drinkhall faced their teammates Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford. Paul and Joanna Drinkhall took the first two games but their younger opponents came back to take the next two. Paul however was not to be denied and some powerful attacking set up by Joanna’s defence took the Final game (11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 10-12, 11-5).