Soumyadeep keeps table tennis medal hopes alive

first_imgSoumyadeep Roy quelled some stiff challenge before overcoming Singapore’s Xiaoli Cai 4-1 to storm into the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games’ table tennis men’s singles competition here today. The Bengal paddler started on a positive note in the quarterfinal and clinched the first set 11-7, but Cai clawed his way back into the match by winning the second set 11-5.However, Roy did not lose his heart and bagged the next three sets 12-10, 11-5, 13-11 in the best-of-seven contest and secured the final-four berth.In the semifinal, Roy will take on world number 17, Gao Ning, who beat another Indian A Amalraj 4-1 in other match.Amalraj proved no match to Gao, who is considered to be the best Singapore paddler, and except in the second set he could not build up much resistance.After losing the first set 1-11, he bagged the second 11-4, but went down 5-11, 5-11, 7-11 in the next three sets to crash out of the competition.Meanwhile, India’s experienced women pair of Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das came out with some determined performance to overcome Australian duo of M Miao and J F Lay 3-2 and entered the doubles semifinal.But it was curtains for another Indian pair — Kumaresan Shamini and Madhurika Patkar, who lost 1-3 to T Feng and Y Wang of Singapore.In men’s doubles, Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal and former national champion Subhajit Saha also got the ticket to last-four stage after beating Nigeria’s Aruna Akinade and A seun 3-1.advertisementAnother Indian pair of Amalraj and Roy, however, could not cross the quarterfinal hurdle and went down 0-3 to Singaporean duo of Gao and Zi Yang at the Yamuna Sports Complex.India’s challenge in women’s singles and mixed doubles categories have already ended.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Prabhu Chawla, Editor, Languages, India Today, writes on CWG

first_imgConnect with the Editor Thanks God, it’s over. And thank God it went off without a glitch, or nearly. Remember, as late as three weeks ago, the doomsayers were attaching too many firsts to the first-ever Commonwealth Games in India, including that it would be first-ever Games to be called off.  Top athletes pulled out in droves. Even a month before the opening, the stadia and the village were far from ready and a footbridge collapse with just a week left was seen as a signal of the fate that awaited the Games. The Australians, in particular, moaned about everything from dengue fever to impending terror attacks to dirty toilets to hatch a conspiracy for a last-minute shifting of the Games to Down Under. But Jugadu Indians have done it.The Games ended as wonderfully as they began with a closing ceremony that showcased the best of India. Nobody, except perhaps Mr. Kalmadi, is as yet claiming that it was better than Beijing. But ordinary Indians who feared that the Games will shame us all are now proud, not just because the stadiums and the villages were ready and but also because more than a 100 Indians are sporting winners medals around their necks. Hard work and training has given us athletes who were competing and winning instead of just taking part. Most of them earned their medals not because of the state but despite it.Nothing is ever perfect, particularly in this country, but Delhi 2010 was as close as we could get. The jostling for credit began even before the Games ended and Delhi’s LG was first off the block, shooting off a letter to the Prime Minister to protest Sheila Dikshit’s attempts to hog all the credit. More will follow. The Games have ended, the fun is about to begin.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Zaheer being ruled out a big blow, says Ganguly

first_imgThe ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.Ganguly said he expects the other Indian bowlers to stand up and help India draw the four-match Test series 2-2. England had taken a 2-0 lead in the series after winning at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. The third (August 10-14) and fourth (August 18-22) Tests will be played at Edgbaston and the Oval.”Of course, Zaheer ruling out is a huge blow. He will need surgery and will be out of action for a few months. But at the same time it’s the big opportunity for the other players to make a mark in his absence,” Ganguly told reporters here.”Two Test matches are yet to be played and I expect India to bounce back and draw the series 2-2. It is a big challenge for the team which now will not have the services of Zaheer.But they still can do it,” said Ganguly at a function here.Zaheer was on Sunday ruled out of remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury. He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover. He had walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord’s on July 21.Ganguly patted Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for recalling England batsman Ian Bell who had been run out in bizarre circumstances in the second Test at Trent Bridge. “Dhoni is a good captain and a good human being as well,” Ganguly said.advertisementThe limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off Twenty20 International match.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more