16 Feb 2017

Increasingly seasoned campaigners on the international scene; Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty emerged the players to cause the host nation the greatest cause for celebration, as the Men’s Singles event commenced at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open in New Delhi on Thursday 16th February.

Both excelled expectations to cause first round upsets of note.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Sanil Shetty, 27 year old, brought the day to a conclusion by overcoming Patrick Baum, the no.15 seed, in six games (11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8), after 23 year old Harmeet Desai had staved off a brave recovery to beat Tristan Flore of France, the no.16 seed (11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6).

Two wins against the odds for India, there was nearly another; Soumyajit Ghosh came mightily close to causing the defeat of a second German. He extended Ricardo Walther, the no.12 seed, the full seven games distance (11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-6).

A narrow defeat for the host nation but overall Indian supporters could be satisfied with the efforts of their player; the icing on the cake being the win recorded by Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.11 seed and the country’s leading player.

Impressively, he overcame a most dangerous opponent in the guise of Frenchman, Can Akkuzu, in five games (11-5, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4). Notably, Can Akkuzu had completed the qualification tournament without surrendering a single game; he was a man in form. Sharath Kamal Achanta was a man with a mission.

Meanwhile, for the one further Indian player on first round Men’s Singles duty, it was defeat. Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.3 seed ended the hopes of India’s Amalraj Anthony (11-4, 11-5, 15-13, 11-4).



World Tour 2017 Seamaster India Open Harmeet Desai Sanil Shetty

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