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India’s Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan bag bronze at Belgium Open

Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan lost their semifinal match to the second-seeded German pair of Patrick Franziska and Ricardo Walther by a 2-3 margin to settle for a bronze at the Belgium Open

other sports Updated: Nov 04, 2017 19:22 IST
Sharath Kamal bagged a bronze medal at the Belgium Open on Friday.
Sharath Kamal bagged a bronze medal at the Belgium Open on Friday.(Getty Images)

India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan won a bronze medal in doubles at the prestigious 2017 Challenge Belgium Open Table Tennis tournament here.

They lost their semifinal match to the second-seeded German pair of Patrick Franziska and Ricardo Walther by a 2-3 margin to settle for a bronze yesterday.

Kamal and Sathiyan lost the first game 7-11 but came back strongly, to win the next two games 11-7 11-5. They, however, couldn’t sustain the momentum and lost the next two games 5- 11, 5-11 to miss an opportunity to make the final.

They first beat the Belgian team of Thibaut Darcis and Lauric Jean 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) and then got the better of Sweden’s Harald Andersson and Simon Arvidsson 11-8, 11-8, 11- 6. India’s Sanil Shetty too had a good run in the tournament, beating higher ranked players and going all the way to the quarterfinals.

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He beat seventh-seeded Cedric Nuytinck of Belgium 4-3 (11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 2-11, 5-11, 11-9) and ninth-seeded Cheng-Ting Liao of Taipei 4-0 (8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7).

Both Cedric and Cheng-Ting are many higher-ranked players too, World No. 70 and 72 to Shetty’s own 180.

He fell to Germany’s Ricardo Walther and missed out on a well-deserved medal. He lost 1-4 (7-11, 3-11, 11-5, 7-11, 6- 11). Indian duo of Manika Batra and Mouma Das too did well to make the quarters.

They overcame the Taipei pair of Yu-Wen Huang and Yu-Jhun Li 3-2 (11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4) but went down to another Taipei pair, Hsien-Tzu Cheng and Hsing-Yin Liu 1-3 (6 -11, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12) in a closely fought encounter.