Indian paddler Manav Thakkar settles for bronze at ITTF Challenge Belarus Open after losing to Russia's Denis Ivonin

Minsk: India's Manav Thakkar settled for a bronze medal in the U-21 singles category while Harmeet Desai progressed to the round of 16 of the men's singles in the ITTF Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open on Friday.

File photo of Manav Thakkar. Twitter/@UltTableTennis

File photo of Manav Thakkar. Twitter/@UltTableTennis

Manav, who had an impressive run in the tournament, lost to Russia's Denis Ivonin in the semifinals (2-3) to miss out on the gold. He began well, winning the first game 11-5, but lost the next 4-11. They shared the next two games too but Ivonin had the last laugh, winning the hard-fought decider 11-9.

Manav made a huge impact earlier, upsetting the U-21 World No 8 from Japan, Yuki Matsuyama. Harmeet too impressed in his outing, beating Russia's Alexey Liventsov 4-2. He took the opening game 11-9 but lost the next two (6-11, 10-12). The Indian then came into his own and won the next three (11-7, 11-6, 11-6 ) to enter the next round.

He takes on China's Zheng Sun in the pre-quarters. Manav, who also competed in the men's singles, lost to Belgium's Robin Devos 0-4 (3-11, 11-13, 13-15, 10-12).

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Updated Date: Nov 17, 2018 17:51:51 IST

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