Indian paddlers enter second stage in World TT

Updated: Mar 28, 2012, 22:41 PM IST

New Delhi: The Indian paddlers, both in men and women`s sections, made it to the second stage of the World Table Tennis Championships, in Dortmund, on Wednesday.

According to a media release sent by TTFI, men`s team, comprising Sharath Kamal, Amal Raj, Soumyajit Ghosh, Sanil Shetty and Soumyadeep Roy and placed in group E second division, progressed after beating Finland, Nigeria, Canada with identical 3-0 margins in respective matches, while losing to Romania 1-3.

They have a match against Norway left but it is confirmed that men`s team will play for positions 25-32.

Similarly, the Indian women`s team, comprising Poulami Ghatak, Mouma Das, K Shamini, Ankita Das and Mousumi Paul, will play in positional matches between 25 and 32.

The women paddlers first began with a 1-3 loss against Israel, and then beat England 3-2 in a thrilling match. They, however, lost their third match against Italy 1-3 before regrouping themselves to beat Estonia 3-0 and finally Nigeria 3-0. Thus they finished second to qualify for the second stage.