Sharath Kamal bags Oman Open crown, ends decade-long wait for Pro Tour title

Sharath Kamal ended a decade-long wait for a Pro Tour title as he outclassed top seed Marcos Freitas to clinch the Oman Open crown on Sunday.

Sharath Kamal

Indian paddler Sharath Kamal in action at the Oman Open on Sunday.   -  ITTF

Ace Indian paddler Sharath Kamal produced a sensational performance to clinch the 2020 ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open men’s singles title here on Sunday.

The seasoned campaigner was down by a game but recovered well to outclass top seeded Marcos Freitas of Portugal 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 17-15 in the final.

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With Oman Open crown, the 37-year-old veteran also ended his decade-long wait for a title in an ITTF event. Sharath last bagged a title in in 2010 when he won Egypt Open. Since then he made two semifinal appearances (Morocco Open in 2011 and India Open in 2017) but couldn’t get his hands on the trophy.

Sharath Kamal

Oman open champion Sharath Kamal and runner-up Marcos Freitas snap a selfie after the medal ceremony.   -  ITTF

 

Earlier in the semifinal, Sharath pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory against Russia’s Kirill Skachkov. The fourth-seeded Indian came back after being two games down to register a 11-13, 11-13, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7 win in a thrilling seven-set semifinal that lasted an hour and eight minutes.

 

Freitas entered final with a 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-3 win over Harmeet Desai. Indian paddler Desai produced a gritty performance and dominated the match at the initial stage. However, World No. 26 Freitas fought back after being 3-1 down and went on to win the next three successive games to make his way into the final.

RESULTS 

(Men’s Singles Final) Achanta Sharath Kamal bt Marcos Freitas (Portugal) 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 17-15.

(Men’s Singles SemiFinals): Achanta Sharath Kamal bt Kirill Skachkov (Russia) 11-13, 11-13, 13-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7; Harmeet Desai lost to Marcos Freitas (Portugal) 5-11, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-3.