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.
On a day when India got a bagful of medals, Sharath Kamal and company kept the country's hopes alive in table tennis as the men's and women's team paddlers won their respective preliminary round matches in the 17th Asian Games, here on Saturday.
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.
Indian paddlers continued their rampaging form as the men`s and women`s teams blanked Guyana and Kenya 3-0 respectively in the group stage of the table tennis team competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games here today.
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has hired two foreign coaches - An Jong Son and Kim Song Han from North Korea - to help its state units conduct training sessions for junior paddlers during summer vacation.
Top paddlers of the country, including Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, K. Shamini, Mouma Das, Neha Agrawal will be seen in action here in the 75th Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championship at the Pataliputra Sports Complex here from Tuesday.
Top men shuttlers Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Anthony Amalraj and Harmeet Desai will miss the North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Championships starting here on friday, owing to participation in various leagues abroad.
India celebrated a rare moment of success in international table tennis as Soumyajit Ghosh clinched the Under 21 men`s title while Manika Batra bagged the Under 21 women`s trophy at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open at Santos.
Ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and national champion K Shamini will spearhead the Indian challenge in the men`s and women`s sections respectively, at the Asian TT Championships in Busan from June 30 to July 7.
Paddlers Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai`s surge in the men`s doubles event of the Japan Open came to an end on Saturday after the pair lost their quarterfinal match to local pair of Jin Ueda and Maharu Yoshimura, in Yokohama.
The young duo of Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai on Friday became the first Indian paddlers to reach the men`s doubles quarterfinals of a Super Series tournament as they entered the last-eight of the Japan Open at Yokohama.
His transition from junior to senior level has been smooth and he has got better of many of his fancied compatriots but Soumyajit Ghosh remains grounded as he gears up for the Commonwealth Championships.