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Tokyo Olympics: Sharath Kamal Advances to Table Tennis Singles 3rd Round; Faces Ma Long Next

Table Tennis star Sharath Kamal at Tokyo Olympics (Twitter)

Table Tennis star Sharath Kamal at Tokyo Olympics (Twitter)

Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal defeated Portugal's Tiago Polonia 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in the second round at the Tokyo Olympics.

Veteran Indian table tennis player A Sharath Kamal overcame a sluggish start to beat Portugal’s Tiago Polonia in the second round to set up a clash with defending champion Ma Long in the Olympics, here on Monday. The 39-year-old Sharath struggled in the first game but pulled himself up just in time to win 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in the 49-minute second-round contest.

The Indian paddler now has a tough match ahead as he takes on the legendary Long, who is also the reigning world champion. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Long has won every singles title in the sport.

Sharath’s compatriot G Sathiyan had lost his men’s singles second round from an advantageous position on Sunday to exit the competition. In the women’s draw, Manika Batra moved to the third round with an upset win over world number 32 Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine on Sunday.

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first published:July 26, 2021, 07:57 IST