With Soumyajit Ghosh, G. Sathyan, Harmeet Desai and Sourav Saha failing to overcome the stiff challenge in the pre-quarterfinals, it was end of the road for Indian boys team at the NCC 17th Junior Asian Table Tennis Championships at the Thyagaraj Stadium on Saturday.
If Ghosh had run into a tough opponent in the South Korean Cho and lost 0-4 (11-13, 10-12, 11-13, 3-11), the others had at least the chance of toppling the Chinese after having fought closely.
G. Sathyan, for instance, went down 3-4 against Gaoyuan Lin, the top seed, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 6-11.
Harmeet Desai also lost to Wu Jiaji 2-4 (7-11, 11-9, 71-11, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11) after a grueling fight.
But Sourav Saha disappointed after having led but allowed Hang Yin to scrape a win.
In the girls section, Manika Batra was the lone Indian to make the pre-quarter finals but she lost to her Japanese rival So Eka.
In the cadet section, Abhishek Yadav and Utkarsh Gupta expectedly made it to the boys' knockout phase while Birdie Boro, Lalrin Puia and Anirban Ghosh failed to make mark.