Indian paddlers got off to a good start with Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty winning their respective first round matches of the men’s preliminary qualification event at the World table tennis championships in Paris.
The Indian women, too, had an easy qualification group and progressed to the preliminary round of the singles event. Mouma Das, K. Shamini, Madhurika Patkar and Neha Aggarwal posted wins on Tuesday to advance to the round of 128.
In the men’s opening round preliminary encounters, Soumyajit defeated Zokhid Kenjaev of Uzbekistan 4-2, Harmeet blanked Pablo Tabachnik of Argentina 4-0, while Sanil got the better of Guatemala’s Jose Miguel Ramirez 4-1, to reach the round of 64 (preliminaries). To enter the main draw, the paddlers (both men and women) will be required to enter the round of 32.
A. Sharath Kamal is already in the main draw. Neha Aggarwal routed Neli Shoifer of Israel 4-0 to top her qualification group. Mouma Das defeated Aziza Karieva Tajakistan, while Shamini eased past Sri Lanka’s Ridhmi Karadanaarachchi 4-0 to qualify from her group. Madhurika Patkar beat Ann Silva of Portugal 4-0.
Keywords: World table tennis championships