Three Indian doubles pairs in quarters at Asian table tennis championship

Three Indian pairs progressed to the quarterfinals of the Asian table tennis championships on Saturday.

Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gananasekeran

Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gananasekeran will face Singapore's Chew Zhe Yu Carence and Beh Kun Ting in the doubles quarterfinal of the Asian table tennis championship.   -  BISWARANJAN ROUT/ File Photo

Three Indian pairs--two in men and one in women--made it to the quarterfinals of the Asian table tennis championships here on Saturday.

The duo of Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan and the Harmeet Desai-Manav Thakkar pair reached the men's doubles quarterfinals while Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukjerjee also made it to the last-eight stage in the women's draw.

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Sharath-Sathiyan will face Singapore's Chew Zhe Yu Carence and Beh Kun Ting in the next round, while Harmeet and Manav will take on Noshad Alamiyan and Nima Alamian of Iran. The women's team of Sutirtha and Ayhika will face Miyu Nagasaki and Minami Ando of Japan on Sunday.

The results:

Men's singles (first round): Harmeet Desai bt Ahmed Alawlaqi (Qat) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5; Manav Thakkar bt Fahed Almughanne (Qat) 13-11, 11-4, 11-5; Sanil Shetty bt Jaber Al-Balhan (Kuw) 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6; doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Manav Thakkar  & Harmeet Desai bt Naif Al Jadai & AL-Abbad Abdulaziz (KSA) 11-4, 11-9, 11-9; Sharath Kamal & G. Sathiyan bt Kirill Gerassimenko & Alan Kurmangatiev (Kaz) 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7.  

Women's singles (second round): Sutirtha Mukherjee bt Bolor-Frdene Batmunkh (MGL) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4; Archana Kamath bt Elina Maharajan (Nep) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5; Ayhika Mukherjee bt Li Yu Jhen (Tpe) 11-5, 11-2, 11-5; Sreeja Akula bt Siti Aminah (Ina) 11-4, 11-7, 12-10; doubles: Sutirtha & Ayhika bt Chen Szu-Yu & Ali Yu-Jhun (Tpe) 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9; Doo Hoi Kem & Lee Ho Ching (HKG) bt Sreeja Akula & Archana Kamath 12-10, 11-7, 10-12, 15-13.
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