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India enter finals of Mixed Team Badminton and Women’s Team Table Tennis

India entered the final of Mixed Team Badminton event defeating Singapore 3-1. In the first Mixed Doubles match played by Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa, India had a comfortable win against Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jia Ying Crystal Wong by 22-20, 21-18. The next Singles match was also an easy one for Kidambi Srikanth who won against Kean Yew Loh by 21-17, 21-14. But the third match was lost by the Indian pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty against Yong Kai Terry Hee and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta. The Indian doubles pair lost by 21-17, 19-21, 12-21. It all depended on the experience of Saina Nehwal to bring India back in the game and she did it in style. Saina went up against Jia Min Yo by 21-8, 21-15 and led India into the finals.

The Indian Table Tennis team might not be as popular as our Badminton squad, but they also managed to deliver their best in the semifinal against England and entered the final by defeating them by 3-0. In the first game, star player Manika Batra defeated Kelly Sibley 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. The next match was also a singles and was between Madhurika Patkar and Tin-Tin Ho. Madhurika defeated Ho in four games by 11-7, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 to give 2-0 lead to India. Then came the experienced doubles pair of Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar.  They played a four game match and defeated the British pair by 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-1. Thus India entered the final of the Team event.

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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