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Indians shine at ITTF Qatar Open defeating World No. 7 and 27

Indian superstars, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran showed amazing table tennis in the first round of ITTF Qatar Open. Both Indian paddlers won their respective singles matches against higher ranked players to storm into the last 16.

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  • Achanta defeated World No 7
  • Sathiyan won against World No 27
  • In doubles, Sathiyan-Achanta duo stunned 5th seeded pair in first round of Men’s Doubles

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Achanta had a tough draw with 5th seeded Niwa Koki against him. He managed to win very easily with the score line of 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 10-12, 9-11. He just took 5 games to register his win book his place in Pre-Quarters. Sathiyan on the other hand stunned another Japanese Oshima Yuya, World No. 27, in long lasted 7 games. Sathiyan showed brilliant tennis tennis at the right time of the match and came on top from behind.

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Match Scores

Achanta Sharth Kamal
Beat 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 10-12, 9-11
Niwa Koki

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Beat 11-6, 5-11, 11-2, 10-12, 11-10, 4-11, 8-11
Oshima Yuya

Sathiyan-Achanta also went on to win first round of Men’s Doubles together but couldn’t find their way into the Semis. They faced defeat against Chinese pair 12-10, 10-12, 1-11, 10-12. Another Indian pair Manika Batra and Mouma Das went down in Quarters of Women’s Doubles against Hong Kong pair.

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