The Indian Men’s Table Tennis beat Singapore 3-1 in the Final to bring home the gold medal. It took four matches for India to beat Singapore. Men’s doubles pair of G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai gave India a 1-0 lead by winning the first match. However, Sharath Kamal’s defeat in the second match allowed Singapore to make a comeback but G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai once again came to India’s rescue. Both players won their singles match to help India win 3-1.
While Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat his Singaporean opponent 3-1, Harmeet Desai clean swept against Zhe Yu Clarence. Desai beat Zhe Yu Clarence 11-8, 11-5, 11-6. It was another dominant performance by the Indian paddlers.
In the first match at the NEC Table Tennis Show Court 1, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran went up against Yong Izaac Quek and Yew En Koen Pang. The Indian pair were firing on all cylinders and looked more comfortable in the second game as they took an early lead and closed out the game 11-7.
The Indian pair defeated their Singapore rivals 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 in the third game to give India an early lead with an overall match score of 1-0. India are the defending champions in the men’s team table tennis final.
In the second match of the final, Sharath Kamal Achanta took on Zhe Yu Clarence Chew. The first game was tough for the Indian ace as he went down 7-11 against his Singapore rival Sharath Kamal made a strong comeback and won the second game 14-12. Singapore’s Chew won the third game 11-3 to take 2-1 lead in the match. He also won the fourth game 11-9 and the second match went in favour of Singapore 11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9 to level the tie 1-1.
In the third match, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran locked horns with Yew En Koen Pang. The Indian player made a remarkable comeback and won it 12-10. In the second game of the third match, Pang beat Sathiyan 11-7 but the Indian player kept on the pressure and won the third game 11-7 and eventually the match.
The scoreline 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4 reflected an amazing comeback by the Indian player.
The third match saw Harmeet Desai beat Zhe Yu Clarence Chew, who had defeated Sharath Kamal Achanta earlier. Harmeet started strongly and took the first game 11-8. He kept up the momentum and won in straight sets 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.
India have so far won five gold, four silver and bronze medals in the games and are placed sixth in the medals tally.