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World TT C'ships: G Sathiyan enters round of 32, keeps India's singles hopes alive

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Houston (USA), Nov 25 (IANS) Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran advanced to the men’s singles round of 32 at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals with a 4-0 win over Table Tennis Federation of Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko, here.

The world number 37 from India beat Sidorenko 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 in the round of 64 on Wednesday to set up a third-round clash against Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna. With the win, Sathiyan kept India’s singles challenge alive at the tournament as Ayhika Mukherjee lost in women’s singles.

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Up against Japan’s Hina Hayata, the current world No 18, Ayhika lost 0-4 (5-11, 4-11, 3-11, 4-11).

Notably, Sathiyan and Ayhika were the only Indian singles players who had managed to progress after the opening round of matches on Tuesday.

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In men’s double’, India’s Anthony Amalraj and Harmeet Desai lost 2-3 (11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11) against the Nigerian duo Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun in the round of 64.

The team of G Sathiyan and Sharath Ka’al, India’s top dr’ws in men’s doubles, have got a first-round bye and will start their campaign from the round of 32 on Thursday.

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Tokyo Olympian Sutirtha Mukherjee a’d her women’s doubles partner Madhurika Patka’ too couldn’t get past the first round, after they lost 0-3 (3-11, 7-11, 4-11) ‘o Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru.

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath will be in action from the second round after a first-round bye.

–IANS

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