BIRMINGHAM: Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal put in a stellar performance, recording two wins to advance to the semi-finals of the men’s and mixed doubles competitions with their respective partners at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Sharath first teamed up with young Sreeja Akula to stun doubles silver medalists Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho of England 3-2 (11-7 8-11 11-8 11-13 11-9) in mixed doubles, then combined with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to beat another English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in men’s doubles.
Another mixed pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra, however, lost 2-3 to the Malaysian combination of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne, while the men’s pair of Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also ended their campaign with a 0-3 loss to Singapore’s Chew Zhe Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan.
Sreeja and Sharath earlier came from behind to beat Malaysia’s Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11 11-2 11-6 11-5, while Sharath and Gnanasekaran overtook Bangladeshis Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed 11-6 11 -1 11 -4 in their round of 16.
In another result, Sreeja and Reeth Tennison entered the pre-quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow.
Earlier, Manika and Sreeja competed in the women’s singles quarterfinals.
While Batra, 27, beat Australian Jee Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to battle Singapore’s Jian Zeng, Sreeja played an agonizing encounter against Charlotte Carey of Wales to secure herself. to secure. a final eight berth.
The 24-year-old worked hard but held her nerve to beat Carey 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10.
Sreeja will face Canadian Mo Zhang.
Meanwhile, Reeth Tennison withdrew from women’s singles after being beaten by Singapore’s Feng Tianwei in the round of 16.
Tianwei proved too strong for Tennison as the latter was beaten 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.
Manika and Sreeja will play in the women’s singles quarters, while Sharath, Sanil and Sathiyan are scheduled to play in the men’s singles round of 16 later today.



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