Sharath-Saha bows out in quarters of Asian TT C`ships

Macau: Indian doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha, who toppled the second-seeded Chinese pair on Monday, failed to show the same intensity and crashed out with a 0-3 loss in the quarterfinals of the Asian Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

The Indian pair had beaten the local combo of Kin Wa Leong and Chi Pan Che 9-11, 11-8, 12-14, 11-2, 11-8 to move into the quarterfinals but they failed to recreate the same magic against Chu Yan Leung and Yuk Cheung of Hong Kong and lost 5-11, 8-11, 6-11 in less than 40 minutes.

It was a bad day for India as the other pair of A Amalraj and Sanil Shetty also lost 0-3 to the Chinese duo of Ma Long and Wang Hao in the pre-quarterfinals. Also in both sections of the singles events, the Indian paddlers failed to make any progress.

Sharath and Saha, who had beaten a Macau duo of Leong Kin Wa and Che Chi Pa 3-2 in the pre-quarterfinals, playing a totally contrasting match.

In fact, both Sharath and Saha complimented each other in their match against Macau and attacked when needed and slowed down when the opposition was strong.

This ploy, somehow, could not be employed against Hong Kong players who never switched off from the first point they took against the Indian duo.

In men`s singles, national champion Amalraj lasted just two round and lost in the third round to Chu Yan Leong of Hong Kong 6-11, 5-11, 6-11, 4-11.

Soumyajit Ghosh also bowed out in the first round to Zi Yang of Singapore 4-1, while another Singaporean Ning Gao accounted for Sharath Kamal in the third round when he beat the Indian 4-3 (8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6.

Sharath had the measure of Gao when he was up two games and led 3-2, but he let his opponent off the hook to lose the next two games.
Subhajit Saha also lost to Singapore`s Peng Tang 4-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-7,11-7, 10-12, 10-12) in a gurelling third round fight.

Among the women, Mousumi Paul gave a semblance of fight to progress but she lost to Cheng I-Ching 1-4 in the fourth round.

Earlier, Mousumi had beaten Iran`s Neda Sahasavari 4-3 (11-8, 2-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-4, 9-11, 14-12) but lost to Chinese Taipei`s Cheng I-Chin in the third round.

Ankita Das too lost in the fourth round to Japan`s Kasumi Ishikawa 4-0, Poulomi Ghatak in second round to Thai girl Nanthana Komwong 4-0.

K Shamini`s journey was till the third round when she lost to South Korean Eun Hee Lee 4-0 to complete the Indian rout.

With women`s doubles starting on Wednesday, there is still some Indian interests left in the championships.