India’s women paddlers maintained their good form as they brushed aside the Italian challenge with a 3-1 victory, while the men’s team surrendered 3-2 against the same rival in the Stage-I of the second division group matches at the world table tennis championships here on Wednesday.

The results: Men: India lost to Italy 3-2 (Harmeet Desai lost to Mihai Bobocica 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9; Sharath Kamal bt Niagol Stoyanov 12-10, 12-10, 11-3; Soumyajit Ghosh bt Leanardo Mutti 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9; Sharath lost to Bobocica 11-1, 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9; Harmeet lost to Niagol 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 24-22).

Women: India bt Italy 3-1 (K. Shamini lost to Chiara Colantoni 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9; Manika Batra bt Debora Vivarelli 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 14-12; Pooja Sahasrabudhe bt Lisa Ridolfi 8-11, 11-3, 13-11, 11-3; Manika bt Colantoni 11-8, 11-6, 11-5). — PTI

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