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World Table Tennis Team C'Ships: Indian men's team routed by South Korea 3-0

The Indian men's team now faces a must-win situation against New Zealand in its final group-stage tie on Tuesday.

World Table Tennis Team CShips: Indian mens team routed by South Korea 3-0

FILE PHOTO: Harmeet Desai, Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan won their respective matches against Chile on February 17 at the World TT Team Championships.


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 19 Feb 2024 4:20 AM GMT

The Indian men's team suffered team its second consecutive defeat at the World Table Tennis Team Championships on Monday in Busan, South Korea.

A day after losing to Poland 1-3, the national men's team was no match for host South Korea as India suffered a 0-3 defeat.

India, so far, has won only one tie against Chile in its opening group-stage match.

Among the Indian players, only Achanta Sharath Kamal managed to claim a game off the Koreans.

Playing the opening match of the tie, Harmeet Desai suffered a 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 defeat against world no. 14 Jang Woojin as Korea took a 1-0 lead.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who did not play against Poland, also suffered an identical defeat against Lim Jonghoon. Sathiyan lost the one-sided match 5-11, 7-11, 7-11.

With Korea going 2-0 up in the tie and standing a chance to rout India in straight matches, world no. 27 Lee Sang Su defeated Sharath Kamal 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11.

India now has only one tie remaining in the group stage, as it faces New Zealand on Tuesday. India must beat New Zealand to stand any chance of making it to the next round.

Notably, quarterfinalists in the tournament will secure a ticket to Paris.

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