India had a rough day at the Asian TT Championships in Pattaya. First, the Indian women suffered a set-back with their early departure from the tournament. Now, even the men have been ousted before they could reach the business end of the tournament.
Indian men knocked out in round of 32 at Asian TT Championships
It was a comfortable time for the Indian men in the round of 128 as they progressed by winning a few one-sided encounters.Only Harmeet Desai had a difficult five-setter to seal his place in the final 64.
The number of Indians in the tournament kept on decreasing with each round. By the round of 32 only three Indian men survived in the singles competition at the Asian TT Championships. Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Soumyajit Ghosh faced tough opponents in their respective matches in the round of 32.
Soumyajit was the first on the table, up against Bo Fang of China. The Chinese paddler ensured a quick win to send the Indian packing. Fang won the match 4-0. Achanta faced Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong and lost the round 4-1.
Gnanasekaran was the last Indian to play in the evening against Japan’s Yuya Oshima. He failed to make the good for India as he too met the same fate as his compatriots, losing the match 1-4.
Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh lost in men’s doubles
Harmeet and Soumyajit were India’s last hopes at the Asian TT Championships. The Indian pair faced Japan’s Yuya Oshima and Masataka Morizono in the quarter finals. In a tough game, the Indian pair was handed a 1-3 defeat.
With that all hopes for India came to an end in the competition.