India reaches milestone of 500 Commonwealth Games medals

Manika Batra won a historic women's singles table tennis gold for India at the CWG

India's Manika Batra after winning the gold medal in women's singles table tennis | Reuters

Defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa stormed into the final of women's doubles category while Dipika and Saurav Ghosal clinched silver in the mixed doubles of the squash competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday. The second game proved to be much of the same as the Kiwis made another fast start with Landers-Murphy coming up trumps with a couple of unplayable shots.

"I can understand Dipika is upset but refereeing was not a major issue for me".

The Indian duo will face New Zealand's Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy in the final on Sunday.

"It is great that we could be in the final, we had a great chance to win. I would say referees had to be hard in their approach otherwise it would have led to umpteen let points making the sport uninteresting", Sarah said. If they don't, then the game will not grow. With Joshna Chinappa playing a couple of deft cross-court shots, the 2014 gold medallists managed to claw it back to 9-10.

In a gruelling contest at the Oxenford Studios here, the Indian pair lost the issue 0-2 (8-11, 10-11) against the home pair. It is sad to see that the players and the game are growing, but not the officials.

This was Joshna's first and Dipika's second medal at Gold Coast after winning silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal. Obviously disappointed to lose out on the gold we can be proud of the way we played.

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