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Indian Paddlers End with 9 Medals but No Gold

Sharath Kamal (r) seen in a file photo from the 2010 Commonwealth Games. (Getty Images file photo)
  • NEW DELHI, India

    Achantha Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das suffered contrasting semifinal defeats in their respective singles as India rounded up its Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships campaign without a single gold medal here Friday.

    At least six of the eight semifinals, including doubles, featured host players but none of them could make the summit clash as India bagged nine medals, including two silvers.

    The most disappointing result for the hosts came when defending champions Kamal and Subhajit Saha settled for bronze following defeat at the hands of inexperienced English pair of Christopher Doran and Samuel Walker in the men's doubles.

    The defending champions failed to match the exuberance and agility of the young English pair, losing the match 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 7-11.

    In the men's singles, Kamal (ranked 70) tried hard to match the swiftness of Hu Li, the world No 55 from Singapore, but lost the match 10-12, 7-11, 13-11, 10-12, 4-11.

    "My service was particularly not good. It was not a good match for me. I should have made match out of it," Kamal said.

    In the women’s singles, Mouma Das fought her heart out before losing to top seed Mengyu Yu. They played aggressively, drawing cheers from small crowd at the Thyagaraj Stadium.

    In another match, Manika Batra failed to breach the defense of Canada's Mo Zhang.

    In the women's semifinal, Mouma Das and K. Shamini were blanked 0-3 by top seed pair of Feng Tianwei and Mengyu Yu of Singapore. In the other last-four match India's Madhurika Patkar and Neha Aggarwal lost 1-3 to England's Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley.

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