Sharath Kamal in quarterfinals in table tennis

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Ranchi, Feb 24 (PTI) Indian table tennis ace AchantaSharath Kamal remained on course for his first National Gamestitle as he sailed into the quarterfinals on a day that sawsmooth sailing for the top players here today.

Having missed out on a team gold, Bengal recovered fromyesterday''s debacle as they fared well in the singlesprequarterfinals with four players each in the men''s andwomen''s sections earning their last eight berths.

National champion Kumaresan Shamini also won her matchagainst Prajakta Tipale Maharashtra 4-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-6,11-8) to set up a last eight match against Susmita Ray ofBengal.

Susmita quelled the challenge of Pune girl Ashlesha Bodas4-0 (12-10, 11-7, 11-6, 14-12) in the last 16.

Bengal stalwart and Commonwealth Games bronze medallistMouma Das, who was erratic yesterday picking yellow and redcards, was at her best today as she thrashed Swetha Kumaravelof Tamil Nadu 4-0 (11-4, 11-4, 12-10, 11-7) to storm intoquarterfinals.

Soumi Mondal of Bengal got the better of Tamil Nadu girlN Sathyabhama 4-1 (11-6, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9) whileMaharashtra veteran Mamta Prabhu beat Ankita Das of Bengal 4-2(4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9).

Maharashtra''s Madhurika Patkar faced a strong challengefrom Bengal girl Pallavi Kundu before wrapping the issue 4-2(11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9) in the last 16.

Nandita Saha became the fourth Bengal girl to enter lasteight with a hard fought win over T Reeeth Rishya of TamilNadu 4-3 (11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 11-7).

Pooja Sahasrabudhe of Maharashtra beat Vishakha Vijay ofRajasthan 4-1 (11-5, 11-3, 13-11, 8-11, 11-6) in anotherpre-quarterfinal match.

Yet to win a title in the National Games, Sharath Kamalrecovered a first set deficit against Vinay Baiswade ofChhattisgarh as he wrapped up the issue 4-2 (7-11, 10-12,11-2, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5) to set up a last eight battle withSouvik Basu Roy of Bengal.

Souvik Basu Roy struggled pas Rajiv Ghai of Haryana 4-3(7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5).

In another last-16 match, G Vinod of Tamil Nadu oustedSourav Saha of Bengal 4-2 (5-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-9, 10-12,11-7) while Raj Mondal of Bengal thrashed Gujarat''s PathikMehta 4-0 (11-5, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10).

Bengal''s Sourav Chakraborty routed E Prabhakaran of TamilNadu 4-0 (11-2, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7) while Harmeet Desai ofGujarat thrashed Sayan Paul Roy of Bengal 4-0 (11-8, 11-3,11-9, 11-3).

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