Table tennis | Archana loses in quarters


Indian Archana Kamath lost 11-9, 11-13, 8-11, 6-11 to second seed Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong in the World Table Tennis Star Contender women’s singles quarter-finals Friday.

The Indian, not classified here and ranked 132nd in the world, started well against the 15th Kem. She made some daring shots from the back of the table, especially the forehand winners at the end of the line.

After winning the first match, Archana personified his confidence by stretching Kem, who was part of the national team that won bronze in the women’s team event at the Tokyo Olympics, by almost all points. However, Kem put his experience to good use, played the crucial points well by not making a lot of unforced errors during the longer rallies to win a close second game. From there, Kem didn’t have much of a problem.

Archana beat three higher ranked players to advance to the final eight.

Archana felt happy after achieving her best performance at a major international event.

Talk to The Hindu, she said: “It was a good tournament where I had the opportunity to play good games and it was really a great learning experience. I need to improve myself and improve myself. I would like to thank Manav Thakkar for helping me [as coach] in my matches here.

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