Asian TT: Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan, Harmeet guide Indian men to win over Thailand

Indian men beat Thailand 3-0 to enter the team event quarterfinals at the ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships and will face Japan in the Championship Division.

Sharath Kamal (L) won his match in five games, while G. Sathiyan put India 2-0 up with a win in four games.   -  Getty Images

The Indian men's team defeated Thailand 3-0 to enter the team event quarterfinals (Championship Division) of the 24th ITTF Asian table tennis championships here on Monday. Indian will next take on Japan in the Championship Division. However, the Indian women bowed out in the first division losing to Thailand 3-0.

After blanking Kuwait and Sri Lanka with identical 3-0 wins in the group stages on Sunday, the Indian men's side entered the knockout stage of the first division and beat both Saudi Arabia (3-1) and followed it up with a 3-0 triumph over Thailand  to reach enter the final (first division) and earn a meeting with North Korea.

In the main draw, where eight teams compete against each other, only the finalists of the first division qualify for the Champions Division with top six teams drawn from the last championships held at Wuxi in 2017, directly making the grade.

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In its match against Thailand, A. Sharath Kamal defeated Padasak Tanviriyavechakul 8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2 to put India up. In the second tie, G. Sathiyan consolidated India’s position further beating Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-1.

Harmeet Desai struggled before overcoming Yanapong Panagitgun 11-3, 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 13-11 to put India in the final.

The Indian women, who did well to enter the first division after winning its group stage matches on Sunday against Lebanon and Jordan. In the first division, it managed to register a 3-0 win over Uzbekistan but lost to Thailand 0-3. Now it will play Malaysia with the winner finishing at Position nine.

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