Indian eves lose 1-3 to Singapore in Commonwealth TT

Last Updated: May 06, 2013, 16:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian women paddlers put up a brave fight before going down 1-3 to Singapore in a league match of the second stage at the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, here on Monday.

However, India made a positive start to their campaign overwhelming Scotland 3-0 in the opening match of the day. The eves will now take on Wales to seal a spot in the last-four round.

Against Singapore, their toughest tie so far in the event, India made a promising start with Mouma Das (231) pocketing the first game 11-7 against Mengyu Fu with fierce forehand shots.

Despite starting well in the second game too, Mouma failed to carry forward the momentum against the world no 27 and went down 9-11. The Singaporean then went to take the next games 11-5, 11-6 to give the lead to her side.

India`s next bet, Madhurika Patkar also battled hard against London Olympics bronze medallist Feng Tianwei of Singapore before losing 2-11, 13-11, 2-11, 5-11.

With India trailing 0-2, Neha Aggrawal scored an upset as win over Yihan Zhou (91). The local girl beat her higher-rated Singaporean opponent 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6 to extend the tie for the hosts.

In the reverse match, a gritty Mouma played a five game encounter against Feng. Mouma leveled twice before losing steam in the final game. She lost the match 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 11-4.

The Indian evens will now have to beat a lower-ranked Wales in order to assure a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, India men`s team had an easy outing in their first encounter against Northern Ireland.

The Indian men`s team comprising Achantha Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh and Sanil Shetty put up a clinical show to bolster their prospects of reaching the semi-finals.

They will take on Scotland and Malaysia later in the day.

There is no third and fourth placed fixture in the competition and both the losing semi-finalists receive bronze medals.