Table Tennis: Sharath passes second-round test

India’s Sharath Kamal had to dig deep before crossing his second-round hurdle in the men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games.

Sharath Kamal (centre) took more than an hour to go past Malaysia’s Javen Choong.   -  PTI

India’s Sharath Kamal had to dig deep to win his second-round match against Javen Choong of Malaysia in the table tennis men’s singles at the Oxenford studio here on Wednesday.

Sharath was up by three games before the Malaysian mounted a tremendous fightback. The Indian kept going, however, and emerged the winner with a scoreline of 11-2, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7. It took him more than an hour to achieve the result.

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The other Indian players figuring in the event had it easier. Harmeet Desai defeated Geoffrey Loi (PNG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-1, 11-2, and Sathiyan Gnansekaran blitzed his way past Rameez Muhammed (Pakistan) 11-5, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3.

In women’s singles, Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar took their spots in the pre-quarterfinals with wins over Elodie Wan Kau (MRI) 11-6, 11-1, 11-8, 11-7 and Rheann Chung (TTO) 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9.

The results
  • Men’s singles (second round): Sharath Kamal bt Javen Choong (MAS) 11-2, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-13, 6-11, 11-7; Harmeet Desai bt Geoffrey Loi (PNG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-1, 11-2; Sathiyan Gnanasekaran bt Rameez Muhammed (Pak), 11-5, 11-3, 11-5, 11-3.
  • Doubles (second round): Sharath/Sathiyan bt Nooa Takooa/Tauramoa Mita (KIR) 11-2, 11-5, 11-6; Harmeet/Sanil Shankar Shetty bt Christopher Franklin/Shemar Britton (GUY) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.
  • Women’s singles (second round): Mouma Das bt Elodie Ho Wan Kau (MRI) 11-6, 11-1, 11-8, 11-7. Madhurika Patkar bt Rheann Chung (TTO) 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-2, 11-9.
  • Doubles (second round): Sutirtha Mukherjee/Pooja Sahasrabude bt Sanjana Alix Ramaswamy/Ruqayyah Kinoo (MRI) 11-3, 11-4, 11-3.
  • Mixed doubles (second round): Sharath/Mouma bt Rohan Srisena/Ishara Madurangi (SL) 11-6, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5; Sathiyan/Manika Batra bt Chee Feng Leong/Ying Ho (MAS) 11-7, 11-8, 13-11; Sanil/Madhurika bt Jayasinghe Mudiyanselage/Erandi Warasawithana (SL) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5; Harmeet/Pooja lost to Javen Choong/Karen Lyne (MAS) 6-11, 6-11, 11-3, 9-11.