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India edge out Slovenia for 35th place, stays in Div II

Written by: Staff

Bremen, Germany, May 1 (UNI) Commonwealth Games gold medallist Achanta Sharath Kamal won two games to help Indian men chalk out a 3-2 win against Slovenia in a playoff match to finish 35th in the World Team Table Tennis Championship here today.

With this win, India, which squandered the chance to qualify for the elite division, losing to England and then to lowly Argentina with identical 2-3 margin, managed to hold on to division two.

India began on a shaky note, with Soumyadeep Roy losing the first match. Sharath Kamal restored parity with a straight games win, but Jitendra Kumar Gidla was no match for his opponent and the Slovenians wrested back the lead.

It was Sharath Kamal again, who fought back from a game down to make it 2-2.

Soumyadeep then made amends of his loss in the first match to give a 3-2 win for India.

Results: Lasan Sas bt Soumyadeep Roy 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 Achanta Sharath Kamal bt Roposa Bojan 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 Horvat Mitja bt Jitendra Kumar Gidla 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 Achanta Sharath Kamal bt Lasan Sas 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 Soumyadeep Roy bt Roposa Bojan 8-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 UNI XC PDS PG HS1453

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