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Indian men's team settles for bronze at Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023

Indian men's table tennis team ended its campaign with a bronze medal after going down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in the semifinals of the Asian Table Tennis Championships.

Indian mens team settles for bronze at Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023

Indian men's table tennis team. 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 6 Sep 2023 11:38 AM GMT

India settled for a bronze medal in the men's team event at the 26th ITTF-Asian Table Tennis Championships 2023 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Indian men's team lost 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Playing the first match, veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal lost 6-11, 6-11, 9-11 against world no. 25 Chuang Chih-Yuan.

In the second match of the tie, G Sathiyan suffered a 0-3 loss (5-11, 6-11, 10-12) against Lin Yun-Ju as India went down 0-2.

Only Harmeet Desai, India's highest-ranked men's singles player at 61, could take a game off against Kao Cheng-Jui but lost 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 9-11.

This medal ahead of the Asian Games, which begin on September 23rd, will boost the men's team's confidence.

On Monday, the men's team assured itself of a bronze medal by defeating Singapore 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

The opening singles match between Sharath Kamal and Izaac Quek was a closely fought battle, with the 41-year-old Indian ultimately winning 11-1, 10-12, 11-8, 11-13, 14-12.

The G Sathiyan then defeated Yew En Koen Pang 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 to give India a 2-0 lead in the last eight clash.

Harmeet then sealed the tie by outplaying Zhe Yu Clarence Chew 11-9, 11-4, 11-6.

The women's team, however, lost 0-3 in the quarterfinals against Japan.

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