Sharath's unbeaten run ends, India lose to Turkey in World TT
Against Turkey, India came back strongly to draw level after losing the first two matches before Shubhajit Saha went down in the decider 4-11, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11 to Jiang Pengfei.other Updated: Feb 28, 2008 22:55 IST
India's top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal's unbeaten run at the World Table Tennis Championship ended on Thursday as the men's table tennis team went down fighting 2-3 to Turkey in a close finish in the second stage of the championship's division two here.
India had qualified for the knockout stage after emerging second in Group E behind Egypt but their hopes were dashed after they lost the opening match for the 25-36 positions Thursday.
Against Turkey, India came back strongly to draw level after losing the first two matches before Shubhajit Saha went down in the decider 4-11, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11 to Jiang Pengfei.
In the first match, Irfan Tavukcuoglu defeated Shubhajit Saha 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 11-4. Jiang then survived in-form Sharath 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7 to make it 2-0 for Turkey.
The turnaround began with out-of-touch Soumyadeep Roy thrashing Gencay Menge 11- 5, 11-6, 11-8, and then Sharath came back strongly to give India a chance, trouncing Irfan 12-10, 11-5, 11-4 in the next match. But Shubhajit failed to deliver the knockout punch in the decider.
India will now play Nigeria Friday for 33-36 positions.
Meanwhile, the Indian women's team had won their first round tie of the second stage Wednesday defeating Greece 3-2 and will take on Serbia in the next round.