Table Tennis: Indian men’s team is one win away, will face Slovenia in round of 16


In World Team Qualification tournament Indian men’s table tennis team beat Luxembourg and progressed to the pre-quarterfinals in Gondomor, Portugal.

India, seeded fifth, were favourites to win the tie against the lowly ranked Luxembourg team. First up, Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai secured a comfortable win in the opening doubles rubber. The duo did not have to break much sweat as they beat Michely Gilles and Eric Glod 11-6, 16-14, 11-6 to give India the lead.

Then, Sathiyan was up against World No. 211 Luka Mladenovic. He got off to a poor start and lost the opening two games. From 2-0 down, Sathiyan recovered just in time to win by 8-11, 9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-6 to give India a 2-0 lead.

In the third tie Sharath Kamal faced Luxembourg’s top-ranked paddler Glod. He fought hard and took third game but Sharath Kamal sealed the match 11-3, 11-3, 12-14, 11-5 to give India an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the tie.

Now India will face Slovenia in round of 16 as Darko Jorgic and Bojan Tokic sees Slovenia battle past Iran 3-1. Indian men’s team is just one win away to book their ticket for Tokyo Olympics.


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