New Delhi: Indian paddlers improved their performances to finish 27th in the men`s and women`s category at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Dortmund, Germany.
Both the men and women players attained a respectable position, the former gaining seven places and the latter 10 places as compared to last edition in Moscow in 2010.
In the last championships, Indian men had reached 34th position while the women finished 37th.
The Anthony Amalraj-led men`s side beat Brazil 3-2 in a second division match for 27-28 positions. Top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal was rested for the game.
The women defeated Italy 3-1 for an identical finish.
Earlier, Indian men outclassed Iran and England before losing to Romania in the matches played for 25-36 positions while the women ended the challenge of Brazil and Slovakia before going down to Australia.
Men: India beat Brazil 3-2 (Anthony Amalraj bt Calderano Hugo 11-9, 17-15, 6-11, 11-8; Sanil Shetty lost to Hoyama Hugo 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11; Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Matsumoto Cazuo 5-11, 2-11, 11-8, 6-11; Anthony Amalraj bt Hoyama Hugo 9-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 17-15; Sanil Shetty bt Calderano Hugo 12-10, 11-9, 15-13.
Women: India beat Italy 3-1 (Mouma Das bt Trotti Elisa 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6; Ankita Das lost to Rioolfi Lisa 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 10-12; K Shamini bt Vivarelli Debora 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7; Anita Das bt Trotti Elisa 6-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7.