The Indian men’s table tennis team of Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai made history when they won a bronze medal at the Asian Table Tennis Championships. The Indians were assured of a medal after their victory over Iran in the quarter-finals, but lost their semi-final against South Korea.
The Indian men’s team of Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai have won a bronze medal at the 2021 Asian Table Tennis Championships in Doha, Qatar, after losing to South Korea in the semi-finals. This is India’s first medal at the event, which China did not participate in this time.
In the quarterfinals, India beat Iran, which secured them the medal. Although the backlog doesn’t suggest it, two of the three draws could have stood in the way of India.
Sathiyan had a tough fight against the number 12 Woojin Jang, but lost 1-3 (5-11, 12-10, 8-11, 5-11).
Sharath lost the match 2-3 against world No. 22 Lee Sangsu (7-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9).
In the last game, Harmeet Desai also lost in five games to Seungmin Cho. In a nail biter, the Indian lost 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 11-13.
The women’s team also put on a great show, but did not have a medal to their name. The team finished fifth after beating Thailand 3-1 in the play-off. Archana Girish Kamath defeated Thailand’s top player Suthsani Sawettamaar 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 9-11).
Sutirtha Mukherjee had an easy run against teenage Phantita Pinyopisan 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-6). Sreeja Akula then gave India the lead with a 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2) win over Wirakarn Tayapitak.
Mukherjee also played in the women’s singles. The Indian advances to the Round of 64 after an easy 3-0 victory over Qatar’s Moha (11-4, 11-3, 11-4). Now she will face Mongolia’s Bolor-Erdene Batmukh in the round of 64.
Unfortunately the mixed doubles of Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath bowed out of the quarters.
After beating Kazakhstani pair Anastassiya Lavrova and Kirill Gerassimenko 3-2 (11-4, 11-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4), they fell against Lee Ho Ching and Ho Kwan kit 3 from Hong Kong. -1 (8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 3-11).
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