Asian table tennis championship: Indians confident against Korea
Armed with a bronze medal, the Indian men’s team will be bursting with confidence when they face seeded Republic of Korea in the semi-finals of the 25th ITTF-ATTU Asian Table Tennis Championships on Friday.
Certainly, Korea will be the big favorite with Jang Woojin (12th in the world) and Lee Sangsu (22) leading the attack. But star paddler Sharath Kamal expects India to deliver a tough fight and, if possible, script a memorable victory.
“Korea is a strong team. We lost to them (Korea) in the semi-finals of the Asian Games in 2018. But I was in good shape and the team had good confidence especially after the victory against L ‘Iran the other day. If we can win the semi-finals, we will be the favorites to win the title, “said Sharath Sports star.
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Regarding the country’s very first bronze medal at the championships, Sharath said: “This medal is something that I have been pursuing for 20 years and I was finally able to get it; really happy and proud of this achievement.”
A good start will be the key. “We have to win the first two games and put pressure on them. We have a lot of confidence in the game against Iran. It will be a tough task because Korea are a strong team. We are definitely the underdogs,” G said. Sathiyan.
Harmeet Desai, India’s third best paddler, said that with Sharath and Sathiyan’s current form India can be turned upside down. “We have nothing to lose. This is our best chance to win,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team beat Chinese Taipei 3-1 for positions 5-8 on Thursday.
Women’s team (positions 5-8): India bt Chinese Taipei 3-1 (Archana Kamath bt Hsien-Tzu Cheng 11-4, 11-9, 10-12, 13-11; Sutirtha Mukherjee lost to Hsing-Yin Liu 11 – 4, 12-14, 5-11, 4-11; Sreeja Akula bt Yu-Jhun Li 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4; Sutirtha bt Hsien-Tzu Cheng 11-2, 11- 4, 11-5).