It was the first Medals day at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in the Table Tennis Individual Competition of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Lin Ye, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu with their Medals
The Women’s Singles was the First Final. Earlier in the day in the Semi Finals, the one interloper Jian Fang Lay of Australia lost to the No 2 Seed Yu Mengyu in four straight games giving Singapore the Bronze Medal. In the other Semi Final Feng Tianwei was successful against colleague Lin Ye in five games
The gold medal match saw Yu Mengyu take on compatriot Feng Tianwei. A repeat of the New Delhi final in 2010, it was once again Feng Tianwei who took the Gold Medal in five games (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2).
The other Medal Event on the day was the Men’s Doubles . The semi finals saw No 1 seeds Gao Ning and Li Hu from Singapore take a tight 4 game match over England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford (13-11, 11-9 3-11, 11-8). The other semi final was the first of the days great results as the Indian pair of Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony surprised Yang Zi and Zhan Jian the No 2 seeds in three games (11-7, 12-10, 11-3)
In the evenings finals Yang Zi and Zhan Jian the No 2 seeds were just too consistent in the end for the English pairing of Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford. Singapore won the first game and a second that they should not have, England missed out on a 10-7 lead in that. Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford then won the third and fourth games, the fifth game was balanced all the way 4-4, 8-8, 9-9 but at the end England maybe tried a little hard to be positive. Singapore took the Bronze Medal (11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 12-10)
In the Gold Medal Match the No 1 seeds Gao Ning and Li Hu who were hoping to win Singapore’s first ever Men’s Doubles Gold Medal faced the Indian pair of Sharath Kamal Achanta and Amalraj Anthony. The Indians struck first but the current World Tour Men’s Doubles champions were not to be denied and they ran off the next three games to take the Gold Medal (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5)
Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho celebrate a most outstanding win
The Mixed Doubles semi finals were possibly the two best matches of the day. In the all England Match between Joanna/Paul Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley/Danny Reed there was a game this way a game that but Paul and Joanna took the match finally 11-8 in the fifth game (11-4, 5-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8).
The other Semi Final produced the match of the championships 21 year old Liam Pitchford allied with 15 year old Tin Tin Ho surprised the No 1 seeds Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei with the quality of their return of serve in particular. The English pair took the first two games Singapore responded with the third and fourth games. Surely they had weathered the storm. No way, Liam and Tin Tin raced to 5-1, they extended the lead to 9-3 before Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei recovered to 9-5. A Time out for England worked a treat and the No 1 Seeds were defeated in the next two points. (12-10, 11-8, 11-13, 6-11, 11-5)
All this setup an all England Final tomorrow with Kelly Sibley/Danny Reed trying to take the Bronze against Zhan Jian and Feng Tianwei of Singapore.
Superb win for Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao of Australia
The Women’s Doubles progressed to the Semi Final Stage and lining up in tomorrows Semi Finals, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu of Singapore face Joanna Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley of England while the Australian pairing of Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao, who defeated the No 2 seeds Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan of Singapore today, face Canadian opposition in Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo
Sharath Kamal Achanta on top form when defeating Paul Drinkhall of Engand
The Men’s Singles also progressed to the Semi Finals. In the quarter finals it was India’s Soumyajit Goosh who surprised all to beat Li Hu of Singapore, the No 6 Seed.
This earned him a quarter final against England’s Liam Pitchford but in 6 really tight games the young Indian’s run was over (7-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9).
The match between India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and England’s Paul Drinkhall went the other way to the Indian in five sets. Achanta virtually never missed and pounced on anything the slightest bit loose from Paul Drinkhall. (11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6).
The other two Semi Finals went the way of Singapore. Gao Ning, the no.1 seed, beat Australia’s William Henzell, the no.8 seed (15-13, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6); Zhan Jian, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Canada’s Eugene Wang, the no.5 seed (9-11, 1-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8).
The final day tomorrow promises to be another day of astounding Table Tennis
Full Results and Further Information
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Full Results, Schedule of Play
Photographs courtesy of Paul Devlin