Gold Coast: Indian players celebrates as India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Randireddy beat Malaysia's Liu Ying Goh and Peng soon Chan during the Mixed Double of Badmintion Mixed Team final during the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, on Monday. The third game witnessed the Indian retrieving the ball from some unbelievable angles to open up a 8-4 lead and eventually ending up 11-4.
In the women's table tennis event, Celia Baah-Danso won her first match against Lalma Sifi of Solomon Islands before compatriot Cynthia Kwabi failed to replicate her performance. The seasoned paddler gave India an early 1-0 lead with a come-from-behind 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 win over Abiodun in the first singles match. Bode is older and a bit slower and he likes to put more balls on the table so I varied the speed so he had no time to adjust his shots.
It was mother of all upsets as prior to this final, the Singapore women's team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games since the sport was inducted in the program way back in 2002.
However the team will have to adapt quickly to the mood and tempo of the games that kicked off over a week ago, a tough assignment awaiting them to qualify as the best team in their group. "We were well prepared and the game went as we had planned. They will be taken very seriously wherever they play now on", said coach Soumyadeep Roy. "We've changed the gear I ride since Apeldoorn [world championships], and it's faster off the start", explained Ritter.
India's mixed badminton team defeated three-time defending champions Malaysia and brought home another gold for India's racket sports contingent.
India began well through the pair of R. Satwick and Ashwini Ponnappa, who despite being pushed, notched up a 21-14, 15-21, 21-15 win over Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh.
Despite the historic win, Sharath, who was also part of the men's team which won the gold in the Melbourne edition, said the 2006 medal victory is close to his heart.