Sharath, Poulomi smash their way into quarterfinals
The Indian men had a field day on the second day of the Table Tennis individual category competition.other Updated: Oct 12, 2010 00:30 IST
The Indian men had a field day on the second day of the Table Tennis individual category competition.
Barring Subhajit Saha and Abhishek Ravichandran, all the other players marched into the quarterfinals at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.
Achantha Sharath Kamal, the defending champion, overcame Scotland paddler G Rumgay winning 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6.
Soumyadeep Roy, though, had a tough match against the previous edition's runner-up, W. Henzell, but was able to pull it off with a 4-3 victory.
On the other hand, A. Amalraj struggled a bit against Cyprus's M. Yiangou but finally got better of the Cypriot 4-3.
Sharath began his title defence with a win in the first game. The second game saw Sharath taking smashes out of his armoury. Though a couple of unforced errors led the score line to shrink from 6-2 to 8-8, the champion knew just how to take control of the situation and went on to win the second game as well.
Leading the game 4-2 in the third, the Indian forced the Scot into committing a slew of errors at the net but later started to flounder in long rallies, thus subsequently conceding the game 9-11. The Indian paddler learnt from his mistakes and recovered to win the fourth 11-4.
The 2006 Melbourne gold medallist was just one game away from storming into the last 16 and he clinched it easily as the crowd burst into cheers.
It wasn't a pleasant situation for the hosts in the women's category as Singapore brought India's challenge to a halt.
Both Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar crashed out of the pre-quarters. Das went down to Singapore's Yu M 4-0 while Patkar surrendered after playing five games, eventually losing to Feng T. 2-4.
The women kept hopes alive through Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das, who advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Indian duo downed A Mogey and N. Liu of Northern Ireland 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.
In men's doubles, Sharath and Subhajit Saha beat Han J/Gerada S. 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 while S.Roy and A Amalraj trounced the pair of Lewis/J David of Guyana in straight games to enter the last-eight stage.