Confident India faces Korea in Asian Table Tennis Championship semifinals
Star paddler Sharath Kamal expects India to deliver a tough fight, maybe even a memorable victory
The Indian men will be bursting with confidence when they face the number one seeded Republic of Korea in the semi-finals of the 25th ITTF-ATTU Asian Table Tennis Championships in Doha on Friday.
Korea will be the big favorites with Jang Woojin (12th in the world) and Lee Sangsu (22) leading the attack, but star paddler Sharath Kamal expects India to have a tough fight, and may – even be a memorable victory.
“Korea is a strong team. We lost to them in the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games. But I was in good shape, and the team had good confidence especially after the victory against Iran the other day. If we can win the semi-finals, we will be the favorites to win the title, ”said Sharath. The Hindu.
First medal in history
Earlier Wednesday night, the men secured a bronze medal – the country’s first-ever medal – with a 3-1 victory over Iran.
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.
Meanwhile, the women’s team beat Chinese Taipei 3-1 for positions 5-8 on Thursday.
The results: Women (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).