16 Feb 2017

Mousumi Paul and Krittwika Roy came agonisingly close but when the semi-finalists were decided in the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Indian Open in New Delhi on Thursday 16th February, it was the names of visiting partnerships that appeared in the last four.

The host nation duo experienced defeat by the very narrowest of five game margins in opposition to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Po-Hsuan and Wang Yi-Ju (11-4, 12-14, 11-2, 10-12, 12-10).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Defeat for Mousumi Paul and Krittwika Roy, it was the same for the other Indian partnerships on duty; Hong Kong combinations made their presence felt.

Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching beat Ankita Das and Madhurika Patkar (11-9, 11-4, 11-7), likewise Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam accounted for Manika Batra and Mouma Das (11-8, 11-6, 11-8).

Success for Hong Kong, there was also success for Europe; Sweden’s Matilda Elkholm and Hungary’s Georgina Pota combined to beat Sreeja Akula and Archana Girish Kamath (11-8, 11-1, 11-7).

Similarly, in the Men’s Doubles event, it was a tale of woe for India and again by a close margin.

Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh experienced a first round defeat at the hands of Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi and Lam Siu Hang by the minimal two point margin (8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-3, 13-11); whilst for Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sanil Shetty in addition to Amalraj Anthony and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran it was a quarter-final departure.

After receiving a walk-over against Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Yukiya Uda, Sharath Kamal Achanta and Sanil Shetty lost to top seeds Masataka Morizono and Yukiya Uda, also from Japan (12-10, 11-1, 11-3).

In a somewhat similar fashion Amalraj Anthony and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran departed; they were beaten in the round of the last eight by Germany’s Benedikt Duda and Steffen Mengel (5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Success for Germany and there was more at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Doubles event. Ruwen Filus and Ricardo Walther beat the French partnership of Tristan Flore and Quentin Robinot (11-4, 11-7, 11-8).

In the one remaining last eight Men’s Doubles contest, Jiang Tianyi and Lam Siu Hang accounted for the partnership formed by Austria’s Robert Gardos and the Czech Republic’s Lubomir Jancarik (11-7, 12-10, 11-7).

World Tour 2017 Seamaster India Open Krittwika Roy Mousumi Paul

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