After a brilliant performance by Indian paddlers in Commonwealth Games 2018, both men and women’s team have failed to replicate their top notch performance and eventually missed out the bus to the knockout stages of World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018, Sweden.
Indian team have not been up to par in these Championships as alot was expected from them after their creditable performances from CWG 2018, specially the women’s team, who won the gold medal, defeating much higher ranked Singapore team last month in CWG.
Indian men’s team at World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018
Indian men’s team comprising of well experienced Achanta Sharath Kamal, G. Sathiyan, Amalraj Anthony and Harmeet Desai missed out the Round of 16 berth by a whisker after loosing their last match to Austria by 2-3, despite leading 2-0 at the half-way stage of the rubber.
Sharath kamal and G. Sathiyan gave India a perfect start after defeating Stefan Fegerl and Robert Gardos to give India a handy 2-0 advantage.
However, Harmeet Desai lost his match to Daniel Habesohn, it was believed that Sharath will easily get the better of Gardos in the fourth rubber and the Tie, given the form he has been in the championship. But the veteran was totally off-color and lost his respective match to tie the things at 2-2.
Sathiyan, India’s last hope, also went down to Fegerl in the fifth and deciding match by 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11 to shatter India’s dream of making to the knockout Stages of World Team TT C’ships 2018.
India was well placed in Group D with tough competitors such as France, Poland, Austria, Korea and Croatia.
Team led by Achanta Kamal did managed two wins against Poland and Croatia but two crucial loses against France and Austria by 2-3 cost them the knockout berth. Now, they have to play for positions 13 to 24.
Indian women’s team at World Team Table Tennis Championships 2018
CWG Gold medalist India’s women team comprising of star players like Manika Batra and Madhurika Patkar seemed to be totally off-color as they lost all their respective matches in the group to settle for the last position.
While the men managed to keep their head and come out shining with a few impressive wins, women even failed to win against lower ranked teams like Belarus and Sweden.
After three defeats to China, Sweden, and Singapore on the initial two days of the competition, the team needed to win their last two matches to conclude the championships with some respectable position. However, the result was no different as India lost 0-3 to Belarus and 1-3 to Russia.
A loss against Belarus by 0-5 was a huge shocker as India is way ahead of Belarus in terms of rankings comparatively. Madhurika Patkar do came close to win her rubber against Daria Trigolos but failed to keep the momentum in last set and lost by 2-3. Even Manika Batra, who is ranked 58th lost to World No. 209 Nadezhda Bogdanova of Belarus by 11-4, 12-10, 3-11, 10-12.
However, she did managed to snatch a win against Yana Noskova of Russia by 12-10, 11-6, 11-3 but All-in-all, an extremely disappointing performance by the Indian women team at World Team TT C’ships 2018.