Three Indian couples stormed into the quarter-finals of the Asian table tennis championships at the Lusail Sports Arena in Qatar on Saturday. The duo Sharath Kamal-G. Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai-Manav Thakkar reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles, while Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee reached the last eight of the women’s event.
Indian table tennis stars Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran qualified for the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with a 3-2 (11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7) victory over Kazakh duo Kirill Gerassimenko and Alan Kurmangaliyev in the Round of 16 match.
Meanwhile, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar took a comfortable win against Saudi Arabia’s Naif Al-Jadai and Abdulaziz Al-Abbad in the Round of 16 match. Harmeet and Manav won convincingly, trailing 11-4, 11-9, 11-9.
Sutirtha and Ayhika defeated Chen Szu-Yu and Ali Yu-Jhun of Chinese Taipei 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, while compatriots Sreeja Akula and Archana Kamath went on to Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching of Hong Kong 12-10, 11-7, 10-12, 15-13.
The Indian men’s table tennis team signed a bronze medal at the Asian Championships after losing 0-3 to South Korea in Friday’s semi-final.
Indian Paddlers singles results at the Asian table tennis championship
The Indian men had an excellent day on the field. Harmeet Desai, Manav Vikash Thakkar and Sanil Shetty won their respective matches to enter the Round of 64.
Desai defeated Qatar’s Ahmed Alawlaqi in straight games 11-7, 11-6, 11-5. Manav sailed through Qatar’s Fahed Almughanne in straight games trailing 13-11, 11-4, 11-5. Meanwhile, Sanil Shetty passed Kuwait’s Jaber Al-Balhan trailing 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6.
Sutirtha Mukherjee defeated Mongolian opponent Bolor-Erdene Batmunkh 11-6, 11-4, 11-4, while Archana Kamath also outsmarted Nepal’s Elina Maharajan 11-3, 11-2, 11-5.
Ayhika Mukherjee beat Li Yu Jhen of Chinese Taipei 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 while Sreeja Akula convincingly beat Siti Aminah (INA) 11-4, 11-7, 12-10.
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