Indian ace table tennis player Achanta Sharat Kamal won a tight match against Korean player Joo Saeyuk and on the way to secure a position for next round. He defeated the Korean 11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 7-11 and 13/11 in grueling five set match this evening in Sawai Madhav Indoor stadium Jaipur in Group B match. Both the players had won their first round in the morning. Kamal had defeated world Rank no 8 player this morning. The Korean highly experienced player is playing for his country for the last 14 years.
In the first game Kamal started the service but the first two points were won by Joo. Then Kamal equaled the score at 3 all and moved ahead very quickly to register the first game in his name at 11-3 in just 4 minutes.
The second game Joo cam too strongly defensive and scored quickly to reach 4-1, Soon Kamal scored 2 successive points to make it 3-4 in his favor. Kamal made an unforced error at 3 all, later on it was all the way the Korean scoring 7 points in succession to take the game at 11-4 again in just 4 minutes.
In the third game Korean began well score first 2 points but Kamal equaled soon. Kamal came back in the game scoring 3 successive points to equal at 3 all. They were fighting for one point each until it was 8 all. From there Kamal took the lead as defensive effort by Joo failed and Kamal scored 3 successive points to win the game at 11-8.
Fourth game was again a reversal of the third game. For the first 7 points both the players vied for every point until it was 7 all. Though Kamal took an early lead of 7-6, Joo not only equaled at 7 all but went ahead to score another 4 points in a row to win the game at 11-7
The fifth and the final game was a treat to watch. Though Joo started the game Joo took early lead of 7-5. With an excellent rally of 15-16 times Sharat equaled at 7 all and lead 9-7 as Joo’s chop failed. Joo caught up again at 9 all. The sea-saw battle saw 10-10 with another good rally of 8 times taking to 11-11 and finally Kamal taking two successive points to win the game at 13-11 and the match at 11-3,4-11,11-8,7-11 and 13-11.
World number 49 Sharath Kamal is the lowest ranked player in Group B which also has world number eight Chuang Chin Yuan of Chinese Taipei and Joo Saehyuk of Korea. This second win will ensure Kamal a position in the next stage. The other Indian hope Soumyajit Ghosh (110) has been placed alongside world number five Japanese Mitzutani Jun, Tang Peng of Hong Kong (ranked 13) and Gao Ning of Singapore (ranked 15). Group D has India’s G Sathiyan along with Ali Omar Yemen, Yang Zi of Singapore and Alamiyan Naushad of Iran.