Table tennis: Indian paddlers sail into third round

Kuala Lumpur: India's men and women teams advanced to the third round of the World Table Tennis Team Championships after notching up contrasting wins in the second round, here yesterday.

Achanta Kamal
Achanta Kamal

After winning their first Second Division against Vietnam yesterday, the Indian men's team ran into Turkey this morning and it was a quiet affair in the second round.

Achanta Sharath Kamal was in his best form when he took on Ibrahim Gunduz, winning the opening rubber 11-5, 11-5, 11-7, Soumyajit Ghosh, who was playing his first match, then beat Gencay Menge 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in the second singles.

As for the women's team, except for Mouma Das who went down in the first singles, both K Shamini and Madhurika Patkar took control of the match to put India on road to recovery and emerge winners over Puerto Rica.

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