The Indian women's table tennis team overcame Australia 3-1 in their quarterfinal on the third day of the competition at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Wednesday. The hosts will now play England in the semis.
The first match of the team event, played between India's Mouma Das and Jian Fang Lay went into five games. Though Das tried her best to save the match, she went down 7-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9,9-11.
Next up was Shamini Kumaresan, who was clearly under pressure as she lost the first game 4-11. A brief chat with national coach Bhawani Mukherjee later, the peddler was transformed and went on to win the rubber.
After Kumaresan restored parity, it was veteran Poulomi Ghatak against who put India in the lead. Using some of the most devastating shots in her armoury, Ghatak didn't even blink on the way to victory.
It came to Kumaresan to wrap up proceedings. After losing the first game 4-11, Kumaresan struggled to win the second and the third games. As the match went into the decider, it all came down to winning this one last game for India to enter the penultimate stage. Engaging her opponent in long rallies, Kumaresan made sure she kept her nerve, and saw India through.
The men's, meanwhile, received a walkover as their opponents, Dominica, failed to turn up for.