A day of qualification and doubles

GHOSH Soumyajit (1)Soumyajit Ghosh, No 2 seed in the Mens Singles

Day 4 of the 20th Commonwealth Championships was given over to Qualification Groups for the Mens and Womens Singles and rounds of doubles in all three doubles events

Mens Singles

In the Mens Singles qualifying there was just one qualifier in each group. There were few shocks as Sanil Shetty (IND), Marius Yangou(CYP),  David McBeath (ENG), Pang Xue Jie (SIN), Sudhanshu Grover (IND), Paul McCreery (NIR), Craig Howieson (SCO), Abhishek Yadav (IND), Helshan Weerasinghe (ENG) and Ashley Robinson (NIR) all qualified from the No 1 position in the group. So did Devesh Karia (IND) who defeated the dangerous Ryan Jenkins from 2 games to one behind, the only upset was in group 10 where Alex Ramsden (ENG) prevailed.

Howieson v Yadav, McCreery v Weerashinghe, Ramsden v Yangou and Pang Xue Jie v Robinson in the last 32 begin tomorrows play

Womens Singles

Less certainty for the number 1 player to progress in the Womens Singles. Pooja Sahasrabudhe (IND), Karina Le Fevre (ENG), Maria Tsaptsinos (ENG) and Erandi Warusawithana (SRI) all qualified in this way.

Other qualifiers were Divya Deshpande (IND), Madhurika Patkar (IND), Louiza Kourea (CYP) and Kritiwika Roy (IND) these four all qualified after unexpected wins in their groups

These 8 qualifiers now meet the 8 seeded players in the last 16 round tomorrow

Mixed Doubles

The Mixed doubles has progressed all the way to the semi finals where Li Hu and Zhou Yihan the number 1 seeds face Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das of India in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw it is all India, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Anika Das face Sanil Shetty and Manika Batra who ousted the number two seeds from Singapore, Chew and Lin Ye in the quarter finals

Mens Doubles

The Mens Doubles has reached the quarter final stage and all four quarter final matches has an Indian presence.

No 1 seeds, Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai play Gavin Rumgay and Craig Howieson (SCO),  Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav face Pang Xue Jie and Cheng Feng (SIN). In the bottom half Anthony Amilraj and Samil Shetty of India must play  Marius Yangou and Hristo Hristonov (CYP).

The fourth quarterfinal match pairs Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia of India against the no 2 seeds Clarence Chew Zhe Yu and Li Hu of Singapore

Womens Doubles

The Womens Doubles has also reached the quarter final stage. No 1 seeds Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan play the Indian pair of Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe. Mouma Das and Shamini Kumaresan also from India face the South African pair of Khanyisile Madlala and Zodwa Maphanga.

In the bottom half Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos of England play Koh Kai Xin Pearlyn and Yee Herng Hwee from Singapore and Ashley Given and Emma Ludlow of Northern Ireland face Manika Batra and Ankita Das the No 2 seeds from India

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