by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The no.Three seed, on the ultimate hurdle he beat Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna in a six video games contest that enthralled the packed to capability Oxenford Studios (11-7, 11-Eight, 5-11, Three-11, 11-9, 11-5), profitable the shut fifth sport after taking a “Time Out” when trailing Four-5 proved important.
“Winning the fifth game was important but it was very difficult to predict the outcome of the match until the last point had finished. It was one of those matches were sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It could have gone either way. Today I felt very calm. Twice I’ve been the runner up, now the winner but at the Commonwealth Games I’ve won Men’s Team and Men’s Doubles gold medals before; sure I’m happy to win, I just did my best.” Gao Ning
Success for Gao Ning who was guided all through by the very astute, Liu Jiayi, the nationwide coach; he had the ways organised to perfection.
“Gao Ning played very well today, he had a very strong head; maybe helps that he’s getting old! He needed to sometimes play wide to the forehand of Quadri Aruna and then switch the direction to the backhand. He had some problems returning Quadri Aruna’s service but he adapted. In the rallies it was important he kept changing the direction of the play.” Liu Jiayi
Gold for Singapore, silver for Nigeria, it was bronze for India.
Guided as at all times by Massimo Costantini, Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.Four seed, beat England’s Sam Walker, the no.Eight seed to safe the bronze medal (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10). It was a contest in which the nationwide delight was at stake.
Furthermore, Sharath Kamal Achanta was in want of a win; on the penultimate day of play he had misplaced to Quadri Aruna in the semi-finals of the Men’s Singles occasion; partnering Mouma Das he skilled defeat on the similar stage of the Mixed Doubles competitors and then with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in the Men’s Doubles ultimate. Furthermore, in opening match of the ultimate day it had been a Mixed Doubles reverse.
“The Indian team has done really well here, Max told me before the match that I was not playing for myself but for my country. I’d had nine matches without defeat; then four losses in a row. All the matches it takes its toll, this morning Mouma was in tears after we lost in Mixed Doubles bronze match. In the third game against Sam I led 9-7 and lost, I didn’t keep things tight. Later in the fifth game I was ahead 9-5 and I started to think how I was going to celebrate.” Sharath Kamal Achanta
Furthermore, Sharath Kamal Achanta had phrases of comfort for Sam Walker.
“We should have two bronze medals, we have played so many matches, day after day; Sam goes away with nothing.” Sharath Kamal Achanta
Yet one other medal for India and celebrations however essentially the most managed celebration was that of the stoic Gao Ning; he simply nodded his head and earlier than greeting anybody else, he shook palms together with his opponent. It was the superbly right method to behave. I applaud Gao Ning.
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