New Delhi, February 18: Achanta Sharath Kamal of India on Friday swiftly entered into the men's singles quarterfinals of the ITTF World Tour India Open 2017 table tennis tournament. Notably, in the quarterfinal match, Sharath Kamal defeated Japanese Yuto Muramatsu 11-8, 11-7, 11-4, 14-16, 11-5.
The experienced Sharath Kamal seemed to have worked out his strategy against Muramatsu who is a defensive player. Although the Japanese made a comeback by winning the fourth game but he had no answer to Sharath Kamal’s attacking game after that.
Sharath Kamal got the confidence as he raced to 7-4 in the opening game. With a power-packed forehand, his big weapon, he won points and left his fourth-seeded Japanese rival frustrated. After winning the first game, the Indian sustained his effort in the second and third games too. He slowed his game in the fourth to let the Japanese make a comeback but switched to his initial aggressive tactics to wrap it up.
On the other side in another match, India's Sanil Shetty lost to higher-ranked Robert Gardos of Austria 4-2 in pre-quarterfinals. However, it was a disappointment for the home team as seven Indians are in the fray for a place in the quarterfinals exited the competition. Sharath will clash with Paul Drinkhall of England in the last eight match on Saturday.
Notably, Archana Kamath was the lone Indian girl to enter the pre-quarter-finals on the day. But she failed to progress to the last eight stage as she lost to Sakura Mori of Japan 11-3, 13-11, 5-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4. She had earlier defeated compatriot Ayhika Mukherjee 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10.