Sharath Kamal’s gallant run in the Swedish Open table tennis championship ended in the pre-quarterfinals when he ran into World number one Chinese Ma Long in Stockholm on Saturday.


Sharath, ranked 91, upstaged World number 31 Singapore’s Li Hu 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 in the second round but expectedly went down 7-11, 8-11, 5-11, 1-11 to Ma Long.

In this elite field, Ma Long is seeded two behind teammate Wang Hao whom he replaced at the top of the world ranking list this month. In the youth boys (under-21) section, too, the Indian challenge ended in the pre-quarterfinals.

Harmeet Desai, ranked 80th in the world, stunned sixth seeded Korean Lee Jung Sang 11-9, 11-2, 10-12, 12-14, 11-7 before surrendering 9-11, 7-11, 9-11 to Germany’s Ricardo Walther.

Soumyajit Ghosh justified his 16th seeding before losing to Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura 9-11, 9-11, 8-11.

Keywords: Swedish Open

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