Heartbreak for Sathiyan as he loses thriller against Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna

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India’s G. Sathiyan bowed out of the world table tennis championships after a brave effort against Quadri Aruna on Thursday. The Indian paddler went down and fought against the Nigerian as the result line was 11-9, 7-11, 13-15, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9. The match was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Sathiyan was the only Indian paddler left in the match vying for a medal in the singles events. With him also out, India’s world championships in table tennis ended with the medal hopes in men’s and women’s singles.

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However, all hope is not out of the Indian contingent. The women’s doubles team of Manika Batra / Archana Kamath and the mixed doubles team of Sharath Kamal / Archana Kamath and Manika / Sathiyan are still alive in the competition.

In the women’s doubles, Manika and Archna beat Nathalie Marchetti and Margo Degraef from Belgium 11-4, 11-7, 11-6. The Indian pair will now face Dora Madarasz and Georgina Pota in the preliminary quarter-final round.

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In the mixed doubles event, Sharaht and Archana got past the Egyptian challenge Assar and Meshref 3-2 to advance to the 16th round. The duo will meet France’s Jia Nan Yuan and Emmanuel Lebesson.

Manika and Sathiyan, on the other hand, defeated Puerto Rican pair Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador 3-1. They will now face the United States and China’s mixed teams of Wang Manyu and Kanak Jha at the World Table Tennis Championships.

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Results for the World Cup in table tennis:

Men singles:

  • Quadri Aruna bt. G. Sathiyan 11-9, 7-11, 13-15, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7

Men Double:

  • Anton Kallberg & Trula Moregard (Sweden) bt Sharath Kamal & Sathiyan 11-9, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7.

Women: Double:

  • Manika Batra & Archana Kamath bt Margo Degraef & Nathalie Marchetti (Bel) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.

Mixed double:

  • Sharath & Archana bt Omar Assar & Dina Meshref (Egy) 9-11, 2-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
  • Sathiyan & Manika Batra bt Brian Afandor & Adriana Diaz (Pur) 11-6, 3-11, 11-7, 11-0.


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