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Delight for India but Top Two Steps of Podium Belong to Singapore
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Li Jiawei who won Women's Doubles gold with Sun Beibei in New Delhi  Photo By: Atef Alghamery

10/14/2010        2010 Commonwealth Games (Click here to access this section)

Li Jiawei and Sun Bei clinched the Women’s Doubles title in the table tennis events at the Commonwealth Games in the Indian capital city of New Delhi on Thursday 14th October 2010.

In an all Singapore final, they beat colleagues Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu to secure the top step of the medal podium.

Success for Singapore and there was delight for the host nation. Mouma Das and Poulomi Ghatak secured the bronze medal.

Top Form
The Indian duo combined to beat Australia’s Peri Campbell-Innes and Tan Zhenhua; the Indian duo in splendid form, recorded a straight games victory, dominating proceedings from start to finish.

Fourth Again
The defeat suffered by Peri Campbell-Innes and Tan Zhenhua gave the Australians the unwanted distinction of finishing in fourth place in all three doubles events.

William Henzell and Miao Miao suffered the same fate in the Men’s Doubles event as did the luckless Henzell in the Men’s Doubles competition with Robbie Frank.

Started as Favourites
Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu no doubt started as the favourites being world ranked no.3 and no.5 respectively as opposed to Li Jiawei who currently stands at no.23 and Sun Beibei who is four places higher at no.19.

However, doubles is about how a team combines and ass the match progressed, the topspin play of Sun Beibei made the openings for the fast forehand attack of Li Jiawei.

Fast Forehand
The first two games went to Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu but the next three were clinched by Li Jiawei and Sun Beibei; the fast forehand executed by Li Jiawei in the second part of the fifth game wide to the forehand of Feng Tianwei reaped dividends time and again.

Proud Coaching Staff
Gold and silver belonged to Singapore but of course the biggest reception of all was for Mouma Das and Poulomi Ghatak.

It was another medal for India, Massimo Costantini, the Head Coach and his right hand man, Bhawani Mukerjee had every right to smile; it was another proud moment for India, another reason for celebration. Programme.

Nigerian Gold
Proud Indians and earlier in the morning there had been proud Nigerians.

Kate Oputa beat Australia’s Catherine Morrow in the final of Para Table Tennis Class 1-5 Women’s Singles event after her Nigerian compatriot, Faith Obiora, had clinched bronze by overcoming South Africa’s Aletta Moll in the opening match on the final day’s play.




 

   

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