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Top Four Reach Penultimate Round, Favourites Justify Seeded Status
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Mouma Das who beat Pooja Sahasrabudhe to reach the last four  Photo By: An Sungho

12/20/2015        2015 20th Commonwealth Championships (Click here to access this section)

According to status; that was the situation in the Women’s Singles event on the penultimate day of play, Sunday 20th December, at the 20th Commonwealth Championships in Surat, India.

Singapore’s Zhou Yihan and Lin Ye, alongside India’s Manika Batra and Mouma Das, the respective top four seeds, all reached the Women’s Singles penultimate round.

Minor Upset
The only surprise of note was in the opening round when Pooja Sahasrabudhe, the no.9 seed, accounted for Charlotte Carey of Wales, the no.8 seed (3-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9).

However, her progress was short lived; in the next round, the quarter-finals, she was beaten by Indian National Team colleague, Mouma Das, the no.4 seed (11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8).

In the penultimate round, Mouma Das meets Lin Ye; in the opposite half of the draw Zhou Yihan confronts Manika Batra.

Last Four Places Reserved
Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan both reserved their last four places by beating Indian adversaries; Lin Ye overcame Ankita Das, the no.5 seed (9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9), Zhou Yihan defeated Shamini Kumaresan, the no.7 seed (11-13, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-7).

The one remaining quarter-final saw success for Manika Batra. She accounted for England’s Tin Tin Ho, the no.6 seed (11-6, 11-6, 2-11, 11-7, 11-2).

Women’s Doubles
Surprises few and far between in the Women’s Singles event; it was the same in the Women’s Doubles competition.

The one upset was defeat for England’s Tin-Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos, the no.4 seeds, the partnership that had excelled at the recent World Junior Championships in the La Roche-sur-Yon where they had reached the last eight.

In the French town they were beaten by DPR Korea’s Ko Un Gum and Ri Yong Hae; the eventual silver medallists; it was no great surprise; in Surat defeat at the hands of Singapore’s Pearlyn Koh and Yee Herng Hwee, the no.6 seeds (11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8) was not necessarily anticipated..

At the semi-final stage Li Ye and Zhou Yihan, the top seeds, meet Mouma Das and Shamini Kumaresan, the no.3 seeds; Pearlyn Koh and Yee Herng Hwee oppose Manika Batra and Mouma Das, the no.2 seeds.

Mixed Doubles
Meanwhile, in the Mixed Doubles event, the finalists were decided.

In the penultimate round Soumyajit Ghosh and Mouma Das, the no.3 seeds, received a walk-over against Li Hu and Zhou Yihan, the top seeds; Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Ankita Das, the no.4 seeds, defeated Sanil Shetty and Manika Batra, the no.6 seeds (11-2, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8).

Play Concludes
Play concludes on Monday 21st December.



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