The Indian campaign in the World Table Tennis Championship held in Suzhou, China, came to an end after Ajanta Sharath Kamal withdrew from the tournament.
Sharath was scheduled to play China’s Fang Bo in the third round of the men’s singles competition, but a hip injury forced him to withdraw from the World TT Championship. Sharath picked up the injury in the second round, where he secured a win against Simon Gauzy of France.
“I made a step to the right to play a forehand top spin. I felt a click in my right hip. I felt the pain again on the next point and took a medical time out,” Sharath said.
“Before I played today I was experiencing problems with my hip. Before I played the doubles match I had pain killing injections and felt better. I continued with the match because I was leading 3-0 and I thought I deserved to win, had it been 2-1 or 2-2 then I would not have continued. I have been playing well recently. I played well at the Asian Cup,” he added.
End of the Road For India
Sharath’s exit marked the end of the road for India in the tournament. Previously, Soumyajit Ghosh had bowed down to Russia’s Alexander Shibaev 11-7, 14-12, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9 in the second round. Meanwhile, G. Sathiyan had failed to overcome Fang Bo in the second round as he lost 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.