Asian TT Championships: Indian team had to satisfy with a bronze medal, lost to South Korea in the semi-finals
The Indian men's team had to face defeat in the semi-finals of the ongoing Asian Table Tennis Championships in Doha. South Korea beat India 3-0. With this defeat, the Indian team had to be content with the bronze medal. On Wednesday, the men's team secured their first medal of the tournament by defeating Iran 3-1 in the quarterfinals. In both the semi-finals, the team had to be satisfied with the bronze medal.
Indian players could not win a single match
Coming to the match, world number 12 Wujin Zhang defeated Ji Sathiyan 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 to take the lead. After this, world number 22 Lee Sangsu of Korea defeated Sharath Kamal 7-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6, and 11-9. At the same time, in the decider, Harmeet Desai was up against Cho Seung-min of Korea. Cho defeated Desai 11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11 in a match that lasted 43 minutes. Let us tell you that the Indian men could not win a single match against the South Korean team in the semi-finals.
At the same time, India's young women's team performed brilliantly in the playoff spot, beating Thailand 3-1 to finish fifth. Olympian Sutirtha Mukherjee played an important role in this match. Archana Kamat challenged Thailand's top-ranked player Suthsani Sawetabat (world ranking 38). But the Thailand player won 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9. Mukherjee defeated Fantita Pinyopisan 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 in 18 minutes. Sreeja Akula then won over young Virakarna Taipitak 11-7, 11-6, 11-2. In the reverse singles, Mukherjee defeated Savetabat 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 117 to give his team fifth place.