Tokyo Olympics India Highlights Day 5: Lovlina wins to enter quarters; Satwik-Chirag win but crash out, Sharath Kamal loses
Sharath Kamal put up a spirit fight before going down to reigning Olympic champion Ma Long 4-1; Lovlina won 3-2 on split decision to qualify for the quarters.
India's Sharath Kamal will be up against China's Ma Long in Round 3 of the Men's Singles at the Tokyo Olympics. (File Photo)
Welcome to Sportstar's Live Coverage of Tokyo Olympics, Day 5, July 27 as the Indian athletes gear up to advance ahead in Table Tennis, Badminton, Sailing and Boxing.
Boxing: Lovlina Borgohain beat Germany's Nadine Apetz 3-2 in the women's 69kg Round of 16 match by split decision to enter the quarterfinals.
Hockey: Men's: India beat Spain 3-0.
Shooting: Indian shooters in 10m air pistol and rifle mixed team have bowed out. Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker finished 7th in qualification stage 2, while Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Deswal couldn't even clear the first hurdle. Elavenil Valarivan-Divyansh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil-Deepak Kumar failed to qualify as well.
Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal lost to Ma Long 4-1 (11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-4) in the men's singles third round.
Sailing: Varun Thakkar and K.C. Ganapathy finished 18th in Race 1 of the 49er class; Nethra Kumanan is placed 33rd overall at the end of six races in women's laser radial; Vishnu Saravanan currently sits in 22nd spot after six races in the men's laser standard.
Badminton: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Great Britain's Lane and Vendy 21-17, 21-19 in men's doubles pool A match but couldn't qualify for the quarterfinals.
That brings an end to Indian action at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
Sailing: Varun Thakkar and K.C. Ganapathy finished second last at 18th in the two-member 49er class event in sailing which got underway today. Race 2 and Race 3 have been postponed. Vishnu Saravanan finishes 12th in Race 6 of men's laser standard event. It is his best finish so far and that propels him to 22nd place in the overall list.
Sailing: Nethra Kumanan finishes Laser Radial Race 6 at 38th position and is placed 33rd overall in the women's laser radial class. Vishnu Saravanan is currently competing in Race 6 of men's laser standard. Varun Thakkar and K.C. Ganapathy began their campaign today in the two-member 49er class. Three races are scheduled to be competed in the 49er class.
Lovlina Borgohain beats Germany's Nadine Apetz 3-2 in the Women's 69kg Round of 16 match by split decision to enter the quarterfinals.
Lovlina won the first round 10-9 by split decision, she then went on to win the second by 3:2 split decision. In the third, the Indian boxer continued to attack but also exhibited strong defence and created the pressure to knockout her opponent.
Boxing: India's Lovlina Borgohain faces Germany's Nadine Apetz in the Women's 69kg Round of 16
Big Upset: Naomi Osaka knocked out!
World No. 42 Marketa Vondrousova, stunned four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4 to enter the women's singles quarterfinals.
Sailing: Nethra Kumanan finishes Laser Radial Race 5 at 32nd position and Vishnu Saravanan finishes Laser Race 4 at 23rd position.
Badminton Update: India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Great Britain's Lane and Vendy 21-17, 21-19 in men's doubles pool A match but they were out of the quarterfinal race even before their match started. Despite the win, the Indian duo will make an exit after Chinese Taipei pair Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang defeated top seeds Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo Sanjay in their group game.
Defending Olympic Champion, Ma Long beat Sharath Kamal (4-1) 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 to end the Indian stalwart's run at the Tokyo Olympics.
Game 5 (11-4) - Sharath Kamal with some defensive tactics levelled the game at 2-2 but it wasn't long when Ma Long took a three-point lead and pushing the ball wide of the Indian Long increased the gap to 7-2. Soon Ma Long earned six match points and sealed the game 11-4 to end Sharath Kamal's run at the Tokyo Olympics.
Game 4 (11-4)- Calm and collected after taking the lead, Ma Long turned up the heat to a 5-0 lead and a quality long push helped The Dictator take a 6-0 lead. Sharath pocketed two quick points to slightly shift the momentum but Ma Long with his perfect placements extended his lead to 8-2. Six points separated the players at the second towel break, Sharath took another point on the board but Long had six game points and the Chinese took the game 11-4 to extend the set-lead by 3-1.
Game 3 (13-11) - Winning the second game only fired up Sharath Kamal as he started with a 4-2 lead and Ma Long in decades is under some pressure. But one the greatest Table Tennis player ever to play the game was quick to level and taking the risky side by playing little wide of the table took the lead and then with a fabulous top spin from the baseline of the table took a two-point lead. But Sharath taking the pace off the ball levelled the game at 6-6. Sharath kept taking the risk with his whip-like forehands, handed Ma Long two game points but pulled off a couple of brilliant shots as the game entered deuce at 10-10 and then 11-11. With Ma Long taking a point, the Chinese called for a time-out at 12-11. The break helped Ma Long win the Game 3 at 13-11 and take a 2-1 lead.
Game 2 - 11-8 Sharath Kamal wins Game 2 to draw level. This is stunning from the Indian as he has stunned the reigning Olympic champion by winning a game. This is huge. Sharath Kamal started the second well on a positive note as he levelled 3-3 and then took a lead with a fantastic top spin took a four-point lead to make it 7-3. Although Ma Long closed in the deficit, Sharath took two game points and a slap shot to the near side, Sharath won the second game.
Game 1 (11-7) - Ma Long took an early lead of 5-2 and this is a mighty challenge for the Indian. Long is the defending champion and he is no mood to even drop a game. Sharath Kamal, clearly the underdog, started aggressively but Long continued to maintain the lead. With five game points, Sharath earned two points to reduce the deficit but one tight serve eared Long the game.
Sailing: Nethra Kumanan, ranked 28th overall, is in action now as she takes part in the Race 5.
We are just moments away from the Table Tennis clash between Achanta Sharath Kamal bs Ma Long in the Men's Singles Round 3.
Also in action will be the Badminton pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty against Ben Lane & Sean Vendy.
First up will be the Badminton duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty taking on Ben Lane & Sean Vendy.
A. Sharath Kamal, the flag-bearer of Indian table tennis, entered the round of 32 in men’s singles, while India’s campaign in women’s singles ended in Tokyo on Monday.
Sharath overcame stiff resistance from Portugal's Tiago Apolonia to enter the men’s singles third round. While 10th seed Sofia Polcanova of Austria proved too hot to handle for Manika Batra in the women’s third round, Sutirtha Mukherjee lost 3-11, 3-11, 5-11, 5-11 against 32nd seed Fu Yu of Portugal.
Sharath, seeded 20th, used his power-packed backhand winners to precision while overpowering his Chennai teammate in the Ultimate Table Tennis league in six games. Sharath won 2-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.
In the round of 32, Sharath will face defending Olympic and World champion Ma Long of China.
Here's the full schedule
10m air pistol mixed team qualification stage 1 – Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary, Yashaswini Deswal & Abhishek Verma – 5:30
10m air pistol mixed team qualification stage 2 – 6:15
10m air pistol mixed team bronze medal match 7:30
10m air pistol mixed team gold medal match – 8:07
10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 1 – Anjum Moudgil & Deepak Kumar, Elavenil Valarivan & Divyansh Singh Panwar – 9:45
10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 2 – 10:30
10m air rifle mixed team bronze medal match – 11:45
10m air rifle mixed team gold medal match – 12:22
Men’s singles third Round 3 – A. Sharath Kamal vs Ma Long (China) – 8:30
Men’s doubles Group A – Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty vs Ben Lane & Sean Vendy – 8:30
Round of 16 – Lovlina Borgohain vs Nadine Apetz – 10:57
Pool A India Men vs Spain – 6:30
Women’s laser radial Race 05, 06 – Nethra Kumanan – 8:35 onwards
Men’s laser Race 04, 05, 06 – Vishnu Sarvanan – 8:45 onwards
Men’s 49er Race 01, 02, 03 – K. C. Ganapathy & Varun Thakkar – 11:20 onwards
All timings are in IST