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Achanta Sharath Kamal Downs World Number 16; G Sathiyan, Manika Batra Lose

Sharath Kamal (L), Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (C) and Manika Batra

Sharath Kamal (L), Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (C) and Manika Batra

Achanta Sharath Kamal stunned world number 16 Patrick Franziska 12-10, 3-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 to progress to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals as Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra bowed out of World Table Tennis Star Contender series.

Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal stunned world number 16 Patrick Franziska to progress to the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Star Contender series here on Tuesday. Sharath Kamal, ranked 32, beat his higher-ranked rival from Germany 12-10, 3-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 in the second round match.

He will now face the winner of the match between Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh and German Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the pre-quarterfinals on Wednesday. However, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra bowed out after suffering defeats in their respective singles second round matches.

While world number 63 Batra lost 7-11, 6-11, 7-11 to Japan’s Mima Ito, who is ranked third in the world, Sathiyan was beaten by Japanese sensation and world number five Tomokazu Harimoto 4-11, 5-11, 8-11.

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