TT gold hopes fade as Kiwis thrash India

first_imgIndia’s chances of a medal in women’s team table tennis suffered a blow as they were beaten 2- 3 by New Zealand at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.India was ahead 2- 1 but K. Shamini and Madhurika Patkar went down in the subsequent matches. Interestingly, four of the five New Zealanders were of Chinese origin.India had easily beaten Sri Lanka earlier in the day but the defeat to the Kiwis could result in the hosts facing one of the group winners in the quarter- finals. The Indian women face Ghana in their final group match on Tuesday.Poulomi Ghatak was replaced by Patkar, but the move by the team management did not yield the desired results as she lost both her matches.The winners for India were K. Shamini – who beat Annie Yang 11- 5, 9- 11, 11- 8, 11- 7 in the opening match – and Mouma Das, who beat Yang Sun 11- 7, 11- 9, 8- 11, 11- 9.For the Kiwis, Karen Li won both her matches. Earlier, the Lankans proved no match to the hosts as Shamini beat Nuwani Vithanage 11- 9, 11- 9, 11- 7. Mouma Das defeated Mannika Badu 11- 4, 11- 5, 11- 4.Poulomi Ghatak completed the clean sweep by getting the better of Kavindi Sahabandu 11- 8, 11- 8, 11- 7.Indian men had a much easier outing as they toyed with lowly Vanuatu to register a 3- 0 win. India’s top men’s player Achantha Sharath Kamal, ranked 41 in the world, was rested.Soumyadeep Roy defeated Lulu Ham 11- 3, 11- 3, 11- 3 before Subhajit Saha thrashed Benjamin Randy 11- 2, 11- 2, 11- 2. Abhishek Ravichandran got the better of Yoshua Shing 11- 6, 11- 5, 11- 7.advertisementlast_img

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