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Sharath Kamal Takes a Game off Ma Long Before Bowing Out of Table Tennis Singles


Indian Table Tennis star Sharath Kamal at Tokyo 2020 (AP)

Sharath Kamal lost to reigning Olympic and world champion Ma Long 7-11 11-8 11-13 4-11 4-11 in the table tennis men’s singles third round competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

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  • Last Updated:July 27, 2021, 10:54 IST
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Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal took a game off the legendary Ma Long, the reigning Olympic and world champion, before making a third round exit from the table tennis competition at the Tokyo Games here on Tuesday. Sharath fought tooth and nail to take the second game from Long but eventually lost 7-11 11-8 11-13 4-11 4-11 in 46 minutes.

With the defeat, India’s challenge has ended in table tennis at the Games. Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee and G Stahiyan have all exited the singles competition. After losing a close fist game, Sharath took a 7-3 lead in the second with some perfectly placed forehands, and he was also helped by some errors by Long.

The Chinese legend soon reduced the margin by taking five straight points, inducing backhand errors from the Indian. A crushing forehand winner after a short rally gave Sharath a chance to close the second game in his favour and he sealed that with a slap shot.

Sharath responded extremely well to the balls hit close to his body to lead 4-2 in the third game but Long took four consecutive point to snatch the lead. A backhand error from Sharath at 8-8 gave Long the advantage but the Indian did not let him close out the game easily. Long took a time out while leading 12-11 and came back to seal the third game and take a 2-1 lead.

A flurry of errors from Sharath and some better hitting from Long put the Indian behind 0-6, a lead from where a comeback was not easy against a player of Long’s calibre. From an intense contest, it suddenly became a drab one-sided affair with Sharath struggling to keep pace with Long.

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