Indian eves beat England 3-0, face Singapore in Table Tennis finals
Fourth seed Indian women's team breezed into the final of the Commonwealth Games' table tennis competition, spanking third seed England 3-0 at Yamuna Sports Complex here today.other Updated: Oct 07, 2010 19:35 IST
Fourth seed Indian women's team breezed into the final of the Commonwealth Games' table tennis competition, spanking third seed England 3-0 at Yamuna Sports Complex here today.
Former national champion Kumaresan Shamini overcame some early challenges before beating Kelly Sibley 3-1 to give the hosts a winning start before an almost full gallary.
Bengal paddler Mouma Das and reigning national champion Poulomi Ghatak then came out with sizzling forms to beat Joanna Parker and Hannah Hicks respectively with an identical 3-0 scoreline and clinched the issue.
In final, the Indians will take on top seed Singapore, who eased past Malaysia 3-0 in the other semifinal earlier today.
"Our preparation trips to China before the Delhi Games now paying dividends. Although we were confident, but we did not expect to beat England so easily. We also got good support from the crowd," India's foreign coach Massimo Constantini said after the match.
"We now face world champions in the final and are quite confident of giving them good fight because today's win has added to our confidence," the Italian added.
The Indian women, who got bronze in Melbourne Games in 2006, had yesterday overcame third seed Australia 3-1 in the quarterfinal.