Sharath’s effort goes in vain at World TT

February 25th, 2008 - 6:07 pm ICT by admin  

Guanzhou (China), Feb 25 (IANS) Achanta Sharath Kamal’s two wins went in vain as India lost 2-3 to Egypt in the 2008 World Table Tennis Championship league match here Monday. Earlier on Sunday, India got a walkover from Kazhakstan. India women also started their campaign on a mixed note as they beat Denmark 3-2 in the first tie of Group E, but later in the day went down to England 1-3.

Sharath Kamal gave India the perfect start in the World Championships, thrashing Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin 3-1 (12-10, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9) in the opening match of their second group tie. But Saleh Ahmed leveled the scores for Egypt, beating Soumyadeep Roy 3-2 (8-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7-, 12-10).

India’s Subhajit Saha was no match for Emad Muselhi in the third match, losing in straight games 10-12, 12-14, 10-12).

Sharath Kamal lived to his reputation and came back strongly in the next match to square the tie in India’s favour. He defeated Saleh Ahmed 3-1 (11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7).

However, Soumyadeep lost the deciding match 1-3 (11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 7-11) against Lashin to hand over the tie to Egypt.

India, with one point, is placed at the fourth position of Group E in the men’s section, which is headed by Egypt (four points), followed by Norway (three points), Argentina and Ireland (two points each), while their female counterparts are better positioned at the end of day one.

Indian women’s team is sharing the second position of Group E with Indonesia with three points apiece. However, top honours are being shared between Australia and England with four points each, while Estonia and Denmark are lying at the bottom with two points each.

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