Star paddler Sharath Kamal expects India to supply a troublesome struggle, and presumably even a memorable win
India males will probably be brimming with confidence when it takes on the Republic of Korea, the highest seed, within the semifinals of the Twenty fifth-ITTF-ATTU Asian desk tennis championships in Doha on Friday.
Korea would be the overwhelming favorite with Jang Woojin (world-ranked 12) and Lee Sangsu (22) spearheading the assault, however star paddler Sharath Kamal expects India to supply a troublesome struggle, and presumably even a memorable win.
“Korea is a strong team. We lost to them in the semifinals of the 2018 Asian Games. But I have been in good form, and the team has been having good confidence especially after the win over Iran the other day. If we can win the semis, we will be the favourite to win the title,” Sharath instructed The Hindu.
First ever medal
Earlier on Wednesday evening, the boys had assured themselves of a bronze — the nation’s first ever medal — with a 3-1 win over Iran.
Sharath mentioned: “This medal is something I have been chasing for the last 20 years and finally I could get that. Really happy and proud with this achievement.”
Meanwhile, the ladies’s workforce defeated Chinese Taipei 3-1 for positions 5-8 on Thursday.
The outcomes: Women (positions 5-8): India bt Chinese Taipei 3-1 (Archana Kamath bt Hsien-Tzu Cheng 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 13-11; Sutirtha Mukherjee misplaced to Hsing-Yin Liu 11-4, 12-14, 5-11, 4-11; Sreeja Akula bt Yu-Jhun Li 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4; Sutirtha bt Hsien-Tzu Cheng 11-2, 11-4, 11-5).