Table Tennis:Mixed luck for India, Sharath  wins, Sathiyan bows out of  the WTT Contender

By Harpal Singh Bedi

 Table Tennis:Mixed luck for India, Sharath  wins, Sathiyan bows out of  the WTT Contender
New Delhi,  03 March:  It was day of mixed luck for  Indian paddlers as  Achanta Sharath Kamal opened his campaign season with an impressive victory while Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, crashed out in the opening round  of the  World Table Tennis Contender at Doha .
Achanta  defeated Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek 17-15, 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 in the men singles opening round  while  Sathiyan, who also secured a direct entry into the main draw , suffered 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 loss at the hands of star African paddler and World No. 20 Aruna Quadri in the Round-of-32.

The World No. 32 Sharath, struggled initially when he trailed  by five points in the first game before recovering well with a strong counter attacking display to take an early 1-0 lead in the match.
Despite losing the next game, nine-time national champion kept firing attacking shots to bag the third set comfortably.
Sirucek, a World No. 51, who played a lead role in  India’s defeat  at the Team Olympic Qualifier last year, managed  to come back in the fourth game but  seasoned campaigner Sharath held his nerves in the deciding game and won  3-2 .
Sharath faces  a strong challenge from the World No. 7 Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarters on Thursday.



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