India Claims 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold | Table Tennis News Weekly

This week on TT News Weekly:
India secures Commonwealth team gold medals, Fan Zhendong and Zhu Yuling capture Asian
Cup titles, and Japanese stars earn first senior success
at Slovenia Open. The opening week of table tennis at the 2018
Commonwealth Games featured team event action with Team India emerging victorious in both
the Men’s Team and Women’s Team competitions on the Gold Coast. Impressive in the lead up to the Women’s
Team final the team of Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das went on to produce a
special performance against title favourites Singapore. Winners on each occasion since 2002 the Singapore
team lost out to India by a 3-1 score-line with one of the standout moments of the tie
seeing Manika Batra earn a fantastic win against Feng Tianwei. In the Men’s Team event India also came
out on top against Singapore, but this time in the semi-finals. Awaiting the Indian line-up in the gold medal
contest was surprise finalists Nigeria, who without Quadri Aruna proved to be no match
for the eventual champions. Success for Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sathiyan
Gnanasekaran in the two singles fixtures, India also secured victory in the doubles
to reach the top step of the medals podium. England achieved bronze medal finishes in
both the Men’s Team and Women’s Team categories. Yokohama, Japan hosted some of Asia’s finest
table tennis players for the 31st edition of the Asian Cup and as anticipated the two
singles titles were awarded to athletes representing China. Fan Zhendong prevailed in an all-Chinese Men’s
Singles final, defeating Lin Gaoyuan in straight games with third position going to Korea Republic’s
Lee Sangsu. Over in the Women’s Singles title match
it was Zhu Yuling who came away as champion for the second time running with Chen Meng
finishing in the runner up spot. Kasumi Ishikawa’s third position finish
means that she too reserves a spot at the 2018 Women’s World Cup. Japan stole the show at the 2018 Slovenia
Open with Mizuki Oikawa and Miyu Kato claiming their first senior singles trophies at the
ITTF Challenge Series event. Mizuki Oikawa accounted for Slovakia’s Lubomir
Pistej across six games to seal the Men’s Singles title while Miyu Kato pulled off a
remarkable recovery from three games down to defeat fellow compatriot Sakura Mori in
the Women’s Singles final.

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