Asian Table Tennis Championships: India assured of maiden medal after triumph over Iran

The Indians will take on the winners of the South Korea versus Hong Kong match on Friday.

Press Trust of India September 30, 2021 00:57:10 IST
Asian Table Tennis Championships: India assured of maiden medal after triumph over Iran

File image of Achanta Sharath Kamal. Image courtesy: Ultimate Table Tennis

Doha: Making most of China's absence, India were on Wednesday assured of their maiden medal in the Asian Table Tennis Championships after beating Iran 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

India, who had made it to the Champions Division after their stellar showing in the last edition, were also handed a direct entry into the eight-team main draw of the ITTF-ATTU joint event.

Ace paddler A Sharath Kamal led the charge in the win against Iran. Sharath, who opened the first match of the rubber, downed Nima Alamiyan 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 to put India 1-0 up.

Though the World No 33 began well, he dropped the next before picking up steam to roll past Alamiyan.

In the next tie, G Sathiyan, ranked No 38 in the world beat Noshad Alamiyan (World No 74) 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6.

But in the next rubber, Harmeet Desai lost to Amir Hossein Hodaei 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 14-12, 7-11. The fiercely-fought rubber saw fortunes fluctuating from one extreme to another but the Iranian held on to his nerves to reduce the margin.

However, in his reverse singles, Sharath sealed the fate of Iran, beating Noshad 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 to ensure India its first medal.

The Indians will take on the winners of the South Korea versus Hong Kong match on Friday.

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