Little reward for Indians at Asian Table Tennis Champs
After failing to make it past the quarterfinals in the team events of the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Table Tennis Championships, the Indians were in for some stern lessons in the mixed doubles on Tuesday.
At the GOR Among Rogo Sports Arena in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the Indian pairs of Achanta Sharath Kamal-Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran-Archana Kamath bowed out of the competition after their Round of 32 losses to their respective opponents.
Up against the World No. 8 pair, Kamal and Batra struggled to find their rhythm as the South Koreans proved to be too much of a task for the two. They lost the tie 9-11, 8-11, 7-11.
Earlier, the Indian duo began their campaign with a comfortable win over Uzbekistan’s Zokhid Kenjaev and Rimma Gufranova in the opening round of the competition.
Though the Uzbeks gave the Indian duo a close fight in the first game, Kamal and Batra were all over their opponents as the tie progressed. They won the match in straight games 17-15, 11-5, 11-4.
Meanwhile, up against the doubles champions from the recently concluded World Championships, Gnanasekaran and Kamath were caught wanting too often as they couldn’t keep up with the pace and intensity of the Chinese duo.
While the Indians did try to put up a fight in the third game, it was not enough as the Chinese were comfortable winners with the score reading 11-7, 11-9, 13-11.
The Indian duo, however, began their day with a commanding win over Lebanon’s Cheaib Dauud and Malak Khory.
In their opening round tie, the Indians romped home with a dominating display of their skills to win the tie 11-3, 11-5, 11-2.
It was not about losses alone for the Indian contingent in Indonesia, as the men’s team registered a 3-0 win over Singapore in the classification round.
While Gnanasekaran beat Ethan Poh Shao Feng 11-5, 11-5, 13-11, Kamal had to stretch the distance before getting the better of Pang Yew En Koen 7-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3. Meanwhile, Anthony Amalraj wrapped up the tie with a fine show against Chua Josh Shao Han 7-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-9.