Manika Batra – she faces Singapore’s Zhou Yihan in the first Women’s Singles Semi Final
The penultimate day of the 20th Commonwealth Championships saw all the events move to the semi finals except the mixed doubles which was completed today
The top seeds were a bit decimated in the Men’s Singles. In the bottom half of the draw Gavin Rumgay of Scotland faced No 2 seed Soumyajit Ghosh from India and went down in 4 straight games and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran again of India faced Chen Fen of Singapore and that went to Feng 4-2 . The top half was all Indian, Abhishek Yadav faced Amalraj Anthony and lost 4-0 while Samil Shetty faced Harmeet Desai. This match ebbed and flowed and finally went to Shetty 16-14 in the seventh game
So tomorrows Semi Finals will be Indians Amalraj Anthony v Samil Shetty and Singapore’s Chen Fen v India’s Soumyajit Ghosh, the Number 2 seed
The first round in the morning whittled the competitors down to 8, 5 Indians Shamini Kumararesan, Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Antika Das, 2 players from Singapore the no 1 and no 2 seeds Zhou Yihan and Lin Ye and 1 from England Tin-Tin Ho.
In the quarter finals in the afternoon Tin Tin Ho was defeated in 5 games by Manika Batra of India while the two Singapore seeds won 4-2 each and the other semifinalist is Mouma Das who won a real battle with her compatriot Pooja Sahasrabudhe winning the match 11-8 in the seventh game
So tomorrows semi finals will be Zhou Yihan against Manika Batra amd Mouma Das against Lin Ye, all the top four seeds playing each other
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia, the no.5 seeds, received a quarter-final walk-over against Singapore’s Clarence Chew and Li Hu; at the same stage Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav, the no.7 seeds, also progressed courtesy of Singapore. They accounted for Chen Feng and Pang Xue Jie, the no.4 seeds
In the semi finals Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav meet Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai, the top seeds; Amalraj Anthony and Sanil Shetty, the no.3 seeds oppose Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia, the no.5 seeds
The one upset was defeat for England’s Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos, the no.4 seeds, defeat at the hands of Singapore’s Pearlyn Koh and Yee Herng Hwee, the no.6 seeds was not necessarily anticipated..
At the semi-final stage Li Ye and Zhou Yihan, the top seeds, meet Mouma Das and Shamini Kumaresan, the no.3 seeds; Pearlyn Koh and Yee Herng Hwee oppose Manika Batra and Mouma Das, the no.2 seeds
The Mixed Doubles final was an all Indian affair Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das were handed a walk over as their Singapore opponents had to withdraw due to illness and in the all Indian bottom half Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Antika Das defeated Shanil Shetty and Manika Batra.
Two sisters thus playing each other in a Commonwealth final all being that they are with two male partners. The title went to Antika Das and her partner Sathiyan Gnanasekarasn in a highly competitive 4 games.