During the morning session, the Indian men’s team dominated Yemen with a flawless 3-0 victory in their opening match. Later in the evening session, they once again took to the table and secured a 3-1 win over Singapore in the preliminary round of Group F.
On the other hand, the women’s team faced a tough battle against Singapore and emerged victorious with a score of 3-2. Seasoned players Manika Batra and Ayhika Mukherjee contributed with one win and one loss each, while Sreeja Akula’s victory played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in a Group F match.
The men’s team set a winning precedent as the 41-year-old Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Harmeet Desai made effortless 3-0 wins in their respective matches against Yemen.
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They came back to the court in the evening with Sathiyan starting off by beating Yong Izaac Quek 3-1 (5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6). Harmeet Desai made it 2-0 for India with a hard-fought 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 11-5 win, failing to close out the match in three games.
India had a scare of sorts when Commonwealth Games men’s singles gold medallist Sharath Kamal went down to the 123-ranked Zhe Yu Clarence Chew 11-13, 6-11, 12-10, 6-11.
Sathiyan then stepped up to the table to beat Yew En Koen Pang 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, and 11-6 to seal victory for India.
In the women’s section, the Indian team started off on a disappointing note when Ayhika went down in four games to Jian Zeng after winning the first game, 11-7, 2-11, 7-11, 10-12.
Manika pulled India level by beating Jingyi Zhou 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 and Sreeja Akula made it 2-1 for India with a hard-fought 12-14, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11.
But just when India thought of wrapping up the match with Manika at the table, things went south for them as the Indian lost to Jian Zeng 3-11, 11-3, 10-12, 12-10, 10-12 in a nerve-jingling encounter.
However, the Indian women could not be denied on Friday as Ayhika then stepped up and defeated Jingyi Zhou 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 to clinch the match for India.
(With IANS Inputs)