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Ankita Loses In Pre-Quarters As Indian Challenge Ends



Busain, July 5: The Indian challenge in the women’s singles came to an end at the Asian Table Tennis Championships with Olympian Ankita Das joining the ranks of compatriots K. Shamini and Mouma Das at the Sajik Gymnasium here today.


Ankita Das, who gave a great push to Indian table tennis hopes by conquering 20th-ranked South Korean Yang Haeun in the third round this morning, faltered in the pre-quarterfinals as she went down to China’s Chen Meng, ranked eighth in the world, in straight games of 6-11, 1-11, 5-11, 8-11.


Ankita was still regrouping herself from the exhaustive 4-3 (11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4) victory over the Korean who had stretched the Siliguri girl to seven games in the morning, but had to meet the Chinese soon after. That took a toll on the 20-year-old who did not have an answer to the guiles of the Chen Meng. Ankita faltered both on her back and forehands and failed to overcome a heavy top spin game of Meng.


“I was feeling tired and exhausted after the morning match. But the Chinese was too good in the pre-quarters. I could not employ my backhands well and she (Meng) executed excellent forehand shots,” said Ankita after her loss.


As for the other paddlers, Shamini’s result was foregone as she lost to world No. 1 Ding Ning of China. The 261st-ranked Indian 4-0 while the seasoned Mouma Das too looked tired after her marathon win yesterday against the Singapore girl Issabelle. Mouma was accounted for by Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, ranked ninth, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 in the round of 32.


In the men’s doubles Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sanil Shetty frittered away a good start against Hong Kong’s Cheung Yuk and Leung Cun Yan in the pre-quarterfinal stage. The Indian duo lost 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11.


The men’s singles events will see Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Anthony Amalraj in action tomorrow.