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Sharath Kamal, Soumyadeep crash out in singles pre-quarters

Written by: Staff

Doha, Dec 5 (UNI) Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Achanta Sharath Kamal and fellow paddler Soumyadeep Roy crashed out of the men's singles event after receiving sound thrashings at the hands of much superior rivals at the 15th Asian Games here today.

Sharath Kamal cut a sorry figure against Pen Lung Chiang of Chinese Taipei, who thrashed the Indian 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 in straight games.

Soumyadeep, on the other hand, snatched the third game but that was only what he could as Yuk Cheung of Hong Kong overcame a dropped game to trounce the Indian 11-7, 13-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-8.

Sharath Kamal found himself early in rough water in the match against ''Mr Crocodile'', as Chiang, winner of the 1995 Brazil Open is known as.

Sharath was woefully short on resources against his rival and he tried to put some semblance of resistance in the third game before conceding it and his rival took just 20 minutes to wrap up the game 4-0 with consummate ease.

Pitted against Hong Kong southpaw Cheung, who partnered Tie Yana to win the Gold in the mixed doubles event at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, Soumyadeep looked game for a fight.

After conceding the first game, Soumyadeep went neck-and-neck in the second but Cheung's vast experience made all the difference as the Hong Kong paddler snuffed out the Indian's resistance to win the game and race to 2-0 lead.

Soumyadeep hit back with vengence in the third set and clinched it to stay in contention. Cheung's compact game, however, dashed any hope of an upset win for his Indian rival and he won the next two games to book his passage to the quarterfinals after a 30 minute battle.


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