Little reward for Indians at Asian Table Tennis Champs

India’s mixed doubles pairs bowed out after a below-par show, while the men’s team beat Singapore in the classification round.

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. 

While Kamal and Batra lost to South Korea’s Sangsu Lee and Jihee Jeon, Gnanasekaran and Kamath were ousted by Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha of China.

Sharath Kamal-Manika Batra didn’t live up to the expectations at the Asian TT Championships
Sharath Kamal-Manika Batra didn’t live up to the expectations at the Asian TT ChampionshipsSharath Kamal-Manika Batra didn’t live up to the expectations at the Asian TT Championships

No match

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 set, Kamal and Batra were all over their opponents as the tie progressed. They won the match in straight sets 17-15, 11-5, 11-4.

Champion material

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 set, 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.

Archana Kamath paired with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran for the mixed doubles at the Asian TT Championships
Archana Kamath paired with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran for the mixed doubles at the Asian TT ChampionshipsArchana Kamath paired with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran for the mixed doubles at the Asian TT Championships

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.

Team news

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.

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