The eighth day of India's Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham started on a positive note as the table tennis mixed doubles duos of Sreeja Akula and Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran qualified for the quarterfinal after registering wins in their round of 16 matches on Friday.
Akula and Kamal defeated the Malaysian duo of Ho Ying and Leong Cheng Feng by 3-1. The Indian duo won the match by 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5.
Akula and Kamal were not off to a good start as they lost the first game badly. However, they bounced back and defeated their opponents in their next three games to book their quarterfinal slot.
On the other hand, the mixed doubles duo of Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated the Nigerian team consisting of Ajoke Ojomu and Olajide Omotayo by 3-0.
Batra-Gnanasekaran were extremely dominant in the match and qualified to the quarters within three games by 11-7, 11-6, 11-7.
India has one medal in the discipline so far.
Indian men's table tennis team clinched the gold medal defeating Singapore 3-1 in the final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Tuesday.
There is a lot of exciting Table Tennis action coming for the fans later today. Here are the matches scheduled:
-04:30 PM: Manika Batra / Chitale Diya Parag vs Chung Rheann / Spicer Catherine (Trinidad and Tobago) - Women's Doubles Round of 32 (Table Tennis)
-05:00 PM: Sreeja Akula / Reeth Tennison vs Elliott Lucy / Plaistow Rebecca (Scotland) - Women's Doubles Round of 32 (Table Tennis)
-05:05 PM: Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Finn Luu (Australia) - Men's Singles Round of 32 (Table Tennis)
-05:45 PM: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran vs Paul Mccreery (Northern Ireland) - Men's Singles Round of 32 (Table Tennis)
-05:45 PM: Sanil Shetty vs Derek Agrefa (Ghana) - Men's Singles Round of 32 (Table Tennis)
Commonwealth Games 2022 started in Birmingham on July 28 and will go on till August 8. (ANI)