22 Jul 2019

Gold for Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee on Monday 22nd July at the 2019 Commonwealth Championships brought to an end a most successful seven days of play for the host nation in Cuttack.

In fact an unprecedented success, a clean sweep of titles was the outcome; a feat only previously achieved by England in the first three editions of the tournament commencing in 1971 in Singapore.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After accounting for Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen (10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6, 11-2), Harmeet Desai secured the title at the final expense of colleague and top seed, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 11-9), the penultimate round winner in opposition to England’s Tom Jarvis (16-14, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).

Defeat for Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and the second of the day; earlier partnering Sharath Kamal Achanta, also occupying the top seeded position, the men’s doubles silver medal had been their lot. After overcoming Pang Yew En Koen and Singaporean colleague, Josh Chua Shao Han (12-10, 11-4, 14-12), they experienced defeat at the hands of colleagues, Amalraj Anthony and Manav Vikash Thakkar (8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 12-10).

Hard earned success for Harmeet Desai, for Ayhika Mukherjee life was less fraught. In the penultimate round, the no.4 seed, she accounted for England’s Tin-Tin Ho, the top seed (11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4), prior to securing the title at the final expense of colleague, Madhurika Patkar, the no.2 seed (11-6, 11-4, 11-9, 19-17). In the counterpart semi-final, Madhurika Patkar had beaten compatriot Sreeja Akula (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12).

Success for Ayhika Mukherjee but in the morning session of play, at the semi-final stage of the women’s doubles event, it had been the opposite experience. Partnering Sutirtha Mukherjee, the duo suffered defeat at the hands of compatriots Sreeja Akula and Mousumi Paul (11-8, 11-8, 11-6).

A fine effort from Sreeja Akula and Mousumi Paul but at the end of the day the medal colour was silver. They experienced a straight games defeat at the hands of Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sinha Krittwika (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10), the semi-final winners in opposition to Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru.

Abundant success for India, at the conclusion of proceedings, they departed with seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals; for England it was two silver and three bronze, for Singapore one silver and four bronze. Completing the tally, for Malaysia and Nigeria it was one medal apiece.

Results

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Team – Stage 1 – Results (Wednesday 17th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Team – Stage 2 – Results (Thursday 18th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Team – Results – Stage 3 (Friday 19th July)

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Team – Stage 1 – Results (Wednesday 17th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Team – Stage 2 – Results (Thursday 18th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Team – Detailed Results – All Stages (Friday 19th July)

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Team – Detailed Results – All Stages (Friday 19th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Team – Detailed Results – All Stages (Friday 19th July)

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Singles – Stage One – Results (Saturday 20th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Singles – Main Draw – Results (Monday 22nd July)

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Singles – Stage One – Results (Saturday 20th July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Singles – Main Draw – Results (Sunday 21st July)

2019 Commonwealth Championships: Men’s Doubles – Main Draw – Results (Sunday 21st July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Women’s Doubles – Main Draw – Results (Monday 22nd July)
2019 Commonwealth Championships: Mixed Doubles – Main Draw – Results (Sunday 21st July)

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