Commonwealth Games 2018: Manika Batra- Sathiyan Gnanasekaran bag table tennis mixed bronze


Her best, of course, came on late Saturday afternoon of April 14 where she registered a ruthless 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 domination over Singapore's Meingyu Yu in the women's singles final and became the first Indian woman to bag the elusive gold at Commonwealth Games.

On her overall Games experience, she added: "The experience was wonderful - I defeated the world number four twice and now Yu to win gold".

Manika outplayed Mengyu Yu of Singapore 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) to clinch the gold medal while Sharath and Sathiyan lost in the final.

At 2010 Games in New Delhi, India won 101 medal, including 38 gold while at 2002 Manchester Games India had managed a total of 69 medal of which 30 were gold.

This is India's 20th gold medal at the Games. Pallikal had earlier won silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghoshal.

They needed just 42 minutes to demolish the challenge of the Sri Lankans and get in the reckoning for India's first-ever men's doubles medal in badminton at the Games.

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Landers-Murphy, who is a doubles specialist, was particularly impressive as she kept hitting winners consistently on the left wall.

Hopefully, the men's team will do better in their bronze medal match against England.

India has so far won 24 gold medals at the CWG 2018.

Saina Nehwal also reached gold medal match with a gutsy performance against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. Saina will now take on the victor of PV Sindhu and Michelle Li in the final.

In the first men's doubles semi-final, Sharath and Sathiyan made a stunning comeback after losing the first game and went on to thrash their Singapore opponents Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-3). The English pair outclassed the Indians 3-0 (11-7, 13-11, 13-11).

After officially branding herself as one of the players India should watch out for in the coming years, table tennis star Manka Batra ended her glorious run in debut Commonwealth Games with her fourth medal finish at Gold Coast.