India were off to a bright start in table tennis mixed doubles competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games with all the three pairs advancing to the quarter-finals here on Thursday.
The veteran duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das started the march to the quarters by inflicting a 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-9) straight games defeat over English pair of David McBeath David and Kelly Sibley.
Sharath and Mouma will next face Canada's Wang Zhen and Zhang Mo for a place in the semi-finals on Friday.
In another round of 16 tie, India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra overcame stiff resistance to beat Canada's Marko Medjugorac and Alicia Cote 3-2 (11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4).
Sathiyan and Manika will now take on Singaporeans Xue Jie Pang and Yihan Zhou in the quarter-finals.
The third Indian pair of Sanil Shankar Shetty and Madhurika Patkar sailed into the quarters with an easy 3-0 (11-4, 11-5, 11-6) win over Mauritius duo of Rhikesh Taucoory and Elodie Ho Wan Kau.
In the quarters, the Indian duo will be up against English pair of Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho on Friday.
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