CWG 2022: Sharath Kamal guarantees India two more medals in TT, while Manika will leave Birmingham empty-handed

Sharath Kamal reaches the finals of the mens and mixed doubles events . Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan win mens doubles and mixed doubles events .

BIRMINGHAM, MA: Sharath Kamal, a star paddler, completed a remarkable run to reach the finals of the men's and mixed doubles events, ensuring India of at least two more medals at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.In a thrilling mens doubles semifinal match, Sharath paired up with G Sathiyan to defeat Australian pair Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 12-14, 11-7).In the gold medal contest, the Indian duo will face England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.Sharath advanced to the mixed doubles final with a 3-2 victory over the Australian duo of Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee, then joined the young Sreeja Akula.

Sreeja put up a good showing in the womens singles, before losing to Singapore's Tianwei Feng, who lost by a narrow 3-4 margin.In a tense semifinal match, Akula fell 6-11 11-8 11-6 9-11 8-11 11-8 10-12 to Feng.However, Manika Batras' showpiece ended in a humiliating loss to Wales pairing Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey in the quarterfinals, which was disappointing.Manika had won four golds at Gold Coast, two of which were gold, but she would return empty handed from Birmingham after failing to reach the podium in one event.

Though Sharath made short work of Singapore player Yong Izaac Quek 4-0 (11-6 11-7 11-4 11-7), Sathiyan was stretched in his 4-2 win by England's Sam Walker.Sam fought really hard, it was a great match, all credit to him.I really should have closed in the fifth set, but I was a bit worried, said Sathiyan.I've never defeated Sam, so this came to mind for me, and playing in a big tournament like this was not easy.

Sanil Shetty, however, wasted a one-game lead when he fell behind home favorite Liam Pitchford 1-4 (11-9 6-11 8-11 8-11 4-11).Both Indian pairs-Sreeja Akul and Reeth Tennison, and Manika Batra and Diya Chitale-won their round of 16 matches in the womens doubles.Akula and Tennison defeated Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang and Lara Whitton of Wales 11-7 11-4 11-3.Batra and Chitale defeated Mauritian pair Jalim Nandeshwaree and Oumehani Hosenally 11-5 11-5 11-3.