The day belong to India at Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australia Open as the two low ranked qualifiers Sanil Shetty & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran win against the odds & caused first round Men’s Singles upsets.
While it was curtains for Harmeet Desai as he lost to Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura, the no.12 seed (11-7, 11-6, 16-14, 11-8), as status anticipated but Sanil Shetty beat Korea’s Jang Woojin, the no.13 seed, (11-9, 3-11, 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8) and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran accounted for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An, the no.14 seed (11-6, 4-11, 1-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9).
Moreover, the duo of Sanil Shetty & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran also won their respective match in the Men’s Doubles category to reach the Quarter-finals.
The wins for the Indians were also special if we take previous results into consideration; in 2014 on the ITTF World Tour in Sweden, Jang Woojin had beaten Sanil Shetty in four straight games, the same result as had been recorded last year when Chen Chien-An had overcome Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in Korea.
Sanil Shetty is on a dream run as he has beaten players who last year had won ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles titles. Jang Woojin won in Belarus; the previous day in the qualification stage, against the odds, he had accounted for Finland’s Benedek Olah, the winner in Nigeria.
The duo of Sanil Shetty & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran reach last 8 after defeating the Australian pair by 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6.
However, the experienced pair of Anthony Amalraj & Harmeet Desai lost their respective match to Chinese Taipei pair in a close encounter by 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 7-11.
The pair of Pooja & Sutirtha reach Quarter-finals after their opponent from Chinese Taipei gave them a walkover. Another Indian pair of Manika Batra & Madhurika lost to much higher ranked Japanese pair by 8-11, 13-11, 3-11, 8-11.
ALL INDIAN RESULTS
|Player / Pair||Evant||Group Stages||Round Of 16||Quarter FInal||Semi Final|
|DESAI Harmeet||Men’s Singles||1. R.Gavin (SCO) 4-0
2. L.Richard (AUS) 4-0
Loss – (4-0)
|SHETTY Sanil||Men’s Singles||1. XU Fred (AUS) 4-1
2. OLAH Benedek (FIN) 4-1
|JANG Woojin (KOR)
Win – (4-2)
|CHO Seungmin (KOR)
Lost – (0-4)
|GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan||Men’s Singles||1. Yu Clarence(SGP) 4-1
2. T. Benjamin(AUS) 4-0
Win – (4-2)
|GAUZY Simon (FRA)
Lost – (3-4)
|ANTHONY Amalraj||Men’s Singles||1. KIM Minhyeok (KOR) 4-0
2. LYU Zhe(AUS) 4-0
3. HUANG Sida(AUS) 4-0
|OSHIMA Yuya (JPN)
Loss – (3-4)
|Pooja SAHASRABUDHE||Women’s Singles||1. WANG Manyu (CHN) 0-4
2. Danni-Elle (AUS) 4-0
|Sutirtha MUKHERJEE||Women’s Singles||1. ZHOU Yihan(SGP) 1-4
2. KAUR Parleen (AUS) 4-0
|Madhurika PATKAR||Women’s Singles||1. CHEN Xingtong (CHN) 0-4
2. HUANG Hsin (TPE) 2-4
|BATRA Manika||Women’s Singles||1. LEE Eunhye(KOR) 0-4
2. CHIU Ssu-Hua(TPE) 3-4
|ANTHONY Amalraj / DESAI Harmeet||Men’s Doubles||Chien/Hung-Chieh (TPE)
Loss – (2-3)
|GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan / SHETTY Sanil||Men’s Doubles||David /Kane(AUS)
Win – (3-1)
Lost – (2-3)
|MUKHERJEE Sutirtha / S.Pooja||Women’s Doubles||Szu-Yu/Ching(TPE)
Win – (WO)
Win – (3-1)
Loss – (0-3)
|BATRA Manika / PATKAR Madhurika||Women’s Doubles||HAYATA /ITO(JPN)
Loss – (1-3)