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Indian men paddlers enter quarterfinals

Spearheaded by the trio of Soumyadeep Roy, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha, India trounced host Australia 3-0 to top pool.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 18:25 IST

Spearheaded by the trio of Soumyadeep Roy, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha, India trounced host Australia 3-0 to top the pool and storm into the quarterfinals of the Men's Table Tennis competition in the Commonwealth Games on Friday.

The Indians have won all four league matches and have been seeded fourth in the quarterfinals.

The other top three seeds are Singapore, Nigeria and England, in that order and the quarterfinal draw will be held on Saturday.

India had on Thursday beaten Kiribati and St. Vincent and Grenada and on Friday they blanked Northern Ireland and Australia. They are yet to lose a match having recorded identical 3-0 win in all the ties.

In the women section, India won against Wales but lost to Malaysiaon Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, they had won against Fiji. So far, the women paddlers have won two matches and lost one.

Malaysia had some ranked Asian players in the team but still had to wage a grim battle to down the Indians. Mouma Das and Nandita Saha put up gritty fight before going down to higher seeded players.

Though they have to play Mauritius in their last league match, Indiaare virtually assured of a place in last eight.

Results:

Men:
India beat Northern Ireland 3-0 (Soumyadeep Roy bt Jason Sugrue11-6, 11-2, 11-6; A Sharath Kamal bt Jonathan Cowan 12-10, 11-7, 11-6; Subhajit Saha bt Andrew Dennison 11-8, 11-4, 11-3). India beat Australia 3-0 Soumyadeep Roy bt William Henzel 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10; A Sharath Kamal bt Brett Clarke 11-3, 11-8, 11-9; Subhajit Saha bt Trevor Brown 11-5, 11-9, 11-7).

Women: India beat Wales 3-1 (Poulomi Ghatak bt Bethan Daunton 11-9, 11-8, 2-11, 10-12, 11-9; Mouma Das bt Naomi Owen 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7; Nandita Saha lost to Siwan Davies 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 5-11; Poulomi Ghatak bt Naomi Owen 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7). India lost to Malaysia 0-3.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 15:38 IST