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CWG 2014: Double delight for paddler Sharath Kamal

Glasgow: Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal still remains India’s brightest table tennis star among all others as he led from the front to come out on top in both singles and doubles categories at the Commonwealth Games here yesterday.

Sharath Kamal
India's Sharat Kamal

To start with, Sharath and Anthony Amalraj earned a facile 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 win over Singapore’s Zi Yang and Jian Khan in the semis to enter the men’s doubles final at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

With the win, the pair have at least assured India another silver from the Games. They were to take on another Singaporean pair Ning Gao and Hu Li later in the day for the gold.

Interestingly, it will a half-repeat of the final four years ago as Sharath, who won the gold with Subhajit Saha in Delhi, will once again face Gao, who took the silver with Yang Zi.

Singles glory in sight
Later, the 32-year-old Sharath recorded an easy 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 win over Nigeria’s Segun Toriola in the Round of 16 followed by a 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 quarter-final win over Paul Drinkhall to enter the men’s singles semis.

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