Indian paddlers crash out of China Open

Sharath Kamal and his Swede partner Par Gerell went down to the German pair of Patrick Baum and Bastian Steger.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 5:57 pm

Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal bowed out of the doubles event as the Indian campaign in the Harmony China Open Table Tennis tournament ended in the opening round itself in Suzhou on Friday.

Sharath Kamal and his Swede partner Par Gerell,to whom the Indian lost in opening round of the singles competition,went down to the German pair of Patrick Baum and Bastian Steger 11-8 9-11 7-11 11-9 11-13 5-11 in the first round.

With Sharath Kamal struggling,the rest of the Indians in the fray also cut a sorry figure.

Soumyajit Ghosh lost 2-11 7-11 8-11 4-11 to Ma Lin of China. In another men singles opening round match,Abishek Ravichandran 1-11 11-8 7-11 6-11 11-5 9-11 to Fedor Kuzmin of Russia.

The lone Indian in the fray was Madhurika Patkar but her challenge did not last too long as she lost to Yu Mengyu of Singapore 9-11 11-9 10-12 9-11 4-11 in the opening round.

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