by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Guided all through by Massimo Costantini, the Indian nationwide coach, thus for the second time within the event, Manika Batra had beaten the participant who, previous to proceedings commencing in Gold Coast, had by no means misplaced a match of any description within the Commonwealth Games. In the ultimate of the Women’s Team occasion, Manika Batra had prevailed in a full distance duel (11-Eight, Eight-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7); in each duels a full home within the Oxenford Studios being captivated by the strain of the events,
At the top of the fifth sport it appeared Feng Tianwei had asserted management and that it will be solely a matter of time earlier than she secured victory. Manika Batra had different concepts, within the important seventh sport at 10-9 she held match level; then drama, the gang gasped, prepared to face and salute the Indian however then actuality. A forehand high spin from Feng Tianwei clipped the very fringe of the desk; one much less coat of paint and it will have missed.
Matters stage at 10-all, Feng Tianwei gained the subsequent level, decided, Manika Batra gained the subsequent three factors; Indian supporters leapt to their toes in hysterics.
“The edge ball at 10-9, I just thought to myself start again and keep fighting. I lost the fourth and fifth game; I was very composed, I wasn’t shouting. In the sixth and seventh games I was shouting when I won a point; that put her under pressure. I think the big difference now is my forehand attack; in the past year I’ve practised that a great deal; that’s the main for progress in the past year. Playing Feng Tianwei, I just put it out of my mind that she is the world number four, just play her like any other player and give your best. Now, I’m just speechless.” Manika Batra
“In the fourth and fifth games Manika couldn’t put two forehands on the table, one on, one off; I told her that if she wanted to beat a player who is ranked number four in the world, she must put more balls on the table. Somehow you have to unlock the skills of a player. In the sixth and seventh games Manika recovered, Feng Tianwei kept playing to Manika’s backhand. Manika’s strength is the backhand not the forehand but in the last two games she was more consistent.” Massimo Costantini
Defeat for Singapore however within the instantly ensuing contest it was success for the south east Asia metropolis state; Yu Mengyu, the no.three seed, beat Canada’s Zhang Mo, the no.2 seed, in 5 video games (11-7, 11-Eight, 9-11, 11-Eight, 11-5) the constant high spin play of the Singaporean they key to victory.
“You need to be aware that when Zhang Mo plays from the forehand, the short pimples, the ball goes down. However, it did not cause me any problems; basically I focused my attacking strokes towards the middle. Feng Tianwei lost but I didn’t watch the match I was outside the hall preparing for my match.” Yu Mengyu
The bronze medal match is scheduled for later within the day at 6.10 pm, the gold medal contest follows at 7.00 pm.
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