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World Team Table Tennis Championships 2024: Indian men advance to the Round 16 after defeating Kazakhstan

India’s men’s squad tasted victory over Kazakhstan with a score of 3-2 in an edge-of-your-seat match during the Round of 32 at the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships 2024. This exciting event took place at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO) in South Korea on Wednesday, February 21.

Key players for India included seasoned pros Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Harmeet Desai. These athletes dominated the courts and played a huge part in India’s success, allowing them to move forward into the competition’s last 16. In their fourth match, Sharath faced off against Kirill and reverted to making common errors, particularly in his serve returns and forehand spins.

Kirill claimed victory after four games. On the other hand, Harmeet has displayed notable skill throughout the tournament, especially with his stable play at a distance from the table, effective returns, and mental resilience. He proved his ranking as India’s 11th best table tennis player by triumphing over Kirill with a 3-1 score in the critical match.

The team’s journey at the tournament saw ups and downs. They suffered defeats at the hands of South Korea and Poland but secured victories against New Zealand and Chile during group play. Next up for the Indian men’s team is South Korea, who they previously lost to in the competition, as they head into the pre-quarterfinals later that same day.

Indian men’s team performance against Kazakhstan in World Team Table Tennis Championships 2024

In the first game of the competition, Harmeet Desai went head-to-head with Kirill Gerassimenko from Kazakhstan, who is ranked higher globally. Despite Gerassimenko jumping ahead with a 4-1 lead initially, Desai didn’t give up and managed to level the score. He wrapped up the set with a win of 11-9.

Gerassimenko got off to another strong start in the second set, but Desai showed resilience, fighting from a 10-6 deficit to narrow the Kazakh’s lead. Still, Gerassimenko held firm and took the set 12-10. The back-and-forth battle continued, with Gerassimenko claiming the third set 11-8 and Desai taking the fourth set 11-7. In the deciding game, Gerassimenko committed fewer mistakes to clinch the win at 11-8, giving Kazakhstan the lead.

The tension didn’t let up in the second match where Sharath Kamal faced Alan Kurmangaliyev. Despite dropping the first two sets, Kamal didn’t buckle under pressure and claimed the third game 11-7. Ignoring the earlier losses, he used his expertise to edge out victories in the next two sets, with scores of 13-11 and 11-9, evening out the match.

Match three saw Sathiyan Gnanasekaran easily best Adios Kenzhigulov, even though he lost one set. The final tally was a win for Gnanasekaran with scores of 11-6, 5-11, 11-2, 11-7. Gerassimenko returned in the fourth game to give Kamal a tough fight. The highly ranked Kazakh player won in four sets with a tight score of 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, leveling the overall score.

In the final game, Desai was pitted against Kurmangaliyev in a gripping four-set showdown. Desai had the upper hand for the majority of the match, but after conceding the first two sets, Kurmangaliyev rallied to win the third set 11-8. Nonetheless, Desai regained control and secured the win with an 11-7 score, giving India the overall victory.

Match Results

India vs Kazakhstan (3-2)

  • Harmeet Desai 2-3 Kirill Gerassimenko
  • Achanta Sharath Kamal 3-2 Alan Kurmangaliyev
  • Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 3-1 Adios Kenzhigulov
  • Achanta Sharath Kamal 1-3 Kirill Gerassimenko Harmeet Desai 3-1 Alan Kurmangaliyev

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