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Indian teams enter round 2 of Commonwealth TT

It was a good beginning for the Indian paddlers in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, as both the women’s and men’s team advanced to the second round of the tournament with minimum fuss in the national capital on Sunday.

They posted easy wins over less fancied oppositions.

The women paddlers first brushed aside minnows Southern neighbours 3-0 and then went on to beat Canada with a same margin in their group C matches, while the men’s team defeated Australia and South Africa to top group B and move into the next round.

The Indian men’s side did not have a great start as Anthony Amalraj (world ranked 150) was shocked by Australia’s David Powell, ranked 617, in the opening game. The 27-year-old Indian looked off colour and was comprehensively beaten 7-11 8-11 8-11.

Achantha Sharath Kamal (70) did not disappoint the home fans as he brushed aside the challenge of young Kane Townsend to level the rubber 1-1.

The seasoned Indian then went on to win the reverse tie against Powell after current national champion Soumyajit Ghosh won his fixture, to seal the contest in India’s favour. Against South Africa too, Amalraj made heavy weather before eking out a win against Luke Abrahams (661).  Ghosh looked in great touch as he overwhelmed Theo Cogill 11-5 11-6 11-4.
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