Sharath loses in doubles of China Open table tennis

August 20th, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Suzhou (China), Aug 20 (IANS) India’s challenge ended at the China Open Table Tennis Friday with Sharat Kamal losing his doubles pre-quarterfinal match.

Sharath and his Swedish partner Par Gerell lost to the German pair of Patrick Baum and Bastian Steger 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-13, 5-11. Sharath had a new partner in Gerell as his usual partner compatriot Subhajit Saha could not play due to injury.

The Indian-Swede pair was very much in contention when the match was tied at 2-2. But they could not match the pace of the Germans and lost the next two games.

Sharath, a world number 39, lost his first round singles match Thursday to his doubles partner Gerell.

The team will now travel to Zhengding for a month-long training camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

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