The final session of the Final Days play in the Table Tennis Competition at the Scotstoun Sport Campus, part of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow produced more success for the dominant country of this Competition, Singapore.
First on court was the Women’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match, Canada’s Anqi Luo and Zhang Mo defeated England’s Kelly Sibley and Joanna Drinkhall to take the Bronze Medal. The English pair started well taking the first two games but the Canadian pair played better and better as the match progressed running out Bronze Medalists in 5 tight games (6-11, 10-12, 11-8, 14-12, 12-10)
The Australian pair of Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao have performed superbly to reach the Gold Medal Match, there they met the No 1 seeds Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu the Singapore pair took the first the Australians responded to take the second but the class of the two Singapore girls shone brightly taking the third and fourth games to take the Gold Medal (11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5)
So to the Final two matches of what has truly been a superb competition.
In the Men’s Singles the Bronze Medal Match saw Sharath Kamal Achanta of India facing Liam Pitchford of England. In the Team Semi Final match it was Liam Pitchford that triumphed, would he repeat that result?
The answer was yes but in what was a bit of a match between two players who have been playing too much in the last few days Liam Pitchford had just that bit more energy and power, Liam took the first two games, Achanta recovered to take the third game, Liam took a tight fourth game. Fifth game to Achanta, and in game 6 he had a game point at 10-9, but Liam Pitchford played three dynamic and powerful points to take the match and the Bronze Medal (11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10)
The Gold Medal Match was a repeat of the Delhi 2010 Final, all Singapore, Gao Ning against Zhan Jian. In Delhi it was Zhan Jian who triumphed. It looked like a repeat performance as Zhan Jian raced to a 3-0 lead, Gao Ning recovered to delay matters a bit but Zhan Jian was not to be denied and he took the Gold Medal (11-9, 11-2, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7)
Congratulations are due to both Glasgow 2014 and Table Tennis Scotland who are the groups responsible for the wonderful event we have seen. This competition has provided opportunities for all of the Commonwealth Counties who entered the table tennis be they large or small to showcase the talents of their players.
Congratulations too to some special people, Sheila Mercer, the Competition Manager for the Table Tennis, Stuart Sherlock, the Referee, invisible to the TV cameras as he should have been, and to Graeme Ireland of Australia the ITTF Table Tennis representative.