Indian women’s table tennis team has done a unbelievable thing by defeating all time Commonwealth Champions Singapore in the gold medal match of the team event here at Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia.
History has been written in the Commonwealth Games as India wins the women’s team event for the very first time ever by defeating much high ranked Singapore team, comprises of three times Olympic medalist Feng Tianwei.
The victory is more special for the Indian team as Singapore has never been beaten in women’s team event since the game is introduced to the Commonwealth Games and this will be the first time ever any other team has grabbed the gold medal other than Singapore.
This is the 3rd Gold medal for India today and 12th medal overall (7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze).
Manika Batra, India’s number one singles player, was the main player to script history for the team India as she defeated World no.4 and three time Olympic medalist Feng Tianwei in the first rubber by 3-2 . Because of this upset, Indian team gained a huge confidence in their game and they looked more cautious and attacking than ever before against the heavy weights Singapore.
In the second rubber, Madhurika Patkar gave her best to cause another upset against much experienced World Champion Mengyu Yu but failed to do so and lost the second rubber by 0-3.
Indian duo of Madhurika Patkar and Mauma Das were up against the higher ranked pair of World Champion Mengyu Yu and Asian Games medalist Zhou Yihan in the third match of the tie but the high confident Indian team registered a brilliant victory by 3-1 to take the lead in the Gold medal match by 2-1.
Later in the 4th rubber, the 22 year old, Manika Batra defeated the likes of Zhou Yihan, world no. 28 (Commonwealth Gold medalist and Asian Games medalist), quite comfortably by 3-0 to win the historical gold medal for the team.
Till now, Indian women athletes are out placing the men athletes as out of 7 Gold medals, 5 have been won by the women athletes.
Meanwhile, Indian men table tennis team will take on Singapore too in semifinals tomorrow to book a place in “Gold medal match” of 2018 Commonwealth Games.