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Tussle at Dusseldorf over for India




New Delhi, June 3: A. Sharath Kamal’s charge into the pre-quarterfinals was checked and stopped when Chinese Lin Gaoyuan won 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 in a late round of 32 matches last night.


With that came the end of the top-ranked Indian’s tussle for a place in the sun along with that of the other team members who were part of the campaign. 


 Sharath warded off early threats and bravely fought to win the first game on his second game point to give himself and the country a glimpse of hope. But Gaoyuan, ranked 40 in the world and seeded 33, had other ideas as he surged into 2-1 lead before dropping his second game when Sharath came close to realize his ambitions. However, the Chinese steadied his game and did not allow any liberty for the Indian, ranked 54, to exploit any further.


Sharath admitted that it was a disappointment for him. “When I made it 2-all, I thought I had a chance. But some mistakes on my part proved costly. Lin didn’t let me play my game in the latter part, he was too good,” said the Indian.



A. Sharath Kamal in action at Dusseldorf during his R-32 match against Gaoyuan last night.


Two years ago at the Suzhou world championships, Sharath was in a great form before pulling out at the same stage after a hip injury.


However, the best to come out of the ongoing world championships was the performance of Manika Batra and Mouma Das who had entered the quarterfinals before bowing out to the Chinese duo of Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen yesterday.