India's table tennis players had a bad outing with the likes of Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra bowing out of the 17th Asian Games after suffering defeats in the men and women's singles round of 16 matches, respectively, here on Thursday.
India's Ankita Das registered a comprehensive 4-0 win over her Kuwait opponent to advance to the women's singles second round of the table tennis in the 17th Asian Games at the Suwon Gymnasium here on Monday.
For Indian table tennis, Asian-level tournaments have never been easy and, going by the past records, the current form of the players and the level of competition they will face at the upcoming Asian Games starting here Friday, things will not be any different this time as well.
The Indian challenge in women’s singles came to an end at the Asian Table Tennis Championships with Olympian Ankita Das joining the ranks of defeated compatriots K. Shamini and Mouma Das at the Sajik Gymnasium here Friday.
Soumyajit Ghosh kept India`s table tennis challenge alive as he moved into the second round of the main draw while an error-prone Ankita Das made a first round exit in the women`s single event of the 2012 London Olympics at the ExCel centre here Saturday
With big names of Indian Table Tennis missing from London Olympics, onus will be on the teenaged duo of Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das to deliver but it might be a case of asking too much, too early from them in their debut appearance at the mega-event.
They have grown up in the same city, trained at the same club under the watchful eyes of former women`s national Table Tennis champion Mantu Ghosh in their early days but now Olympic-bound paddler duo Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das have managed to put Siliguri permanently on India`s sporting map.
Bengal paddlers Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das booked their London Olympics berths on the concluding day of the Asian Olympic Qualification Table Tennis Tournament in Hong Kong, but it was a real heartbreak for top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal.
Indian paddler Ankita Das continued making waves in the World Junior Table Tennis Championships as she rallied to beat Chinese Taipei`s Hsien-Tzu Cheng to enter the quarterfinals of the event on Saturday.