Sharath Kamal-Sathiyan advance
New Delhi: The Indian men's doubles pair of G Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Kamal sailed into the quarter-finals of the 24th ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships with easy win over Mahfoodh Sayed Murtadha and Rashed Rashed of Bahrain at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Thursday.
The Indian duo beat Murtadha and Rashed 11-8 11-6 11-3 in a lop-sided affair.
In the quarter-finals, Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal will be up against Chinese pair of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan.
Earlier in the day, after receiving first-round bye, the Indians got the better of Jordan's Abo Yaman Zaid and Aldmaizy Zeyad 11-4 11-7 11-7 in the round of 32.
But the other Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Anthony Amalraj, after enjoying a bye in the round of 64, lost to Chinese Taipei's Liu Hsing-Yin and Peng Wang Wei.
Harmeet and Amalraj fought hard before losing 11-5 7-11 11-3 8-11 6-11 against their accomplished Chinese rivals.
It was curtains for India in the women's doubles as the pair of Manika Batra and Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar and Sutirtha Mukherjee bowed out the tournament.
The pair of Manika and Archana had an easy round of 64 outing, beating the Kazak duo of Lavnova Anastassiya and Khusseinova Gulchekhra 3-0
but lost in the next round to Korean combination of Yang Haeun and Jeon Jhee 6-11 9-11 7-11.
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