India's campaign in table tennis competitions in the Asian Games came to a disappointing end today with star paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bowing out in the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the Guangzhou Gymnasium here.
Sharath struggled for 28 minutes before going down 9-11 4-11 7-11 10-12 11-6 to Korea's Sang Eun, while Amalraj was taught a ping pong lesson by Chinese Taipei's Chih Yuan Chuang who thrashed the Indian 6-11 10-12 5-11 1-11 in just 18 minutes.
Earlier in the day, lone Indian survivor in the women's singles, Shamini Kumaresan too made an exit but not before giving a tough fight to Sayaka Hirano of Japan 7-11 5-11 11-7 7-11 11-7 7-11 in the second round.
As if that was not enough, Commonwealth Games gold medallist men's doubles pair of Sharath and Subhajit Saha too could not cross the last 16 hurdle as they were spanked 0-3 by Korean combination of Jungwoo Lee and Sang Eun Oh.
The Indians were no match for their Korean rivals as Lee and Oh beat them 11-9 11-6 11-4 in just 15 minutes to sail into the quarterfinals.