India goes down fighting to Turkey in World TT

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Guangzhou (China), Feb 28 (UNI) Achanta Sharath Kamal's unbeaten run at the World Table Tennis Championship came to an end as the Indian men's team lost 2-3 to Turkey in the second stage of the tournament's division two here today.

India put up a spirited performance as they came back strongly to draw level after losing the first two matches before Shubhajit Saha went down in the decider 4-11, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11 to Jiang Pengfei.

In the first match, Saha was defeated by Irfan Tavukcuoglu 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 11-4.

Sharath put up a fighting performance in the second match as he went down 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7 to Jiang.

The Indians then staged their comeback as the out-of-form Soumyadeep Roy thrashed Gencay Menge 11- 5, 11-6, 11-8 in straight sets, and Sharath beat Irfan 12-10, 11-5, 11-4.

But Saha went down in the decider as Turkey emerged victorious.

India will now play Nigeria tomorrow for the 33-36 positions.

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