Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal advances to third round at Olympics
Table Tennis player A Sharath Kamal overcame a sluggish start to beat Portugal's Tiago Polonia in the men's singles second round in the Olympics, on Monday. The 39-year-old Kamal struggled in the first game but pulled himself up just in time to win 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in 49 minutes to set up a clash with defending champion Ma Long from China.
Sutirtha Mukherjee lost the second round to Portugal's Fu Yu
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Long has won every singles title in the sport and is the reigning world champion as well. Meanwhile, Sutirtha Mukherjee was overwhelmed by Portugal's Fu Yu in the game. Mukherjee was no challenge to 42-year-old Fu Yu as the China-born bested her in straight sets in the women's singles second round.
Mukherjee defeated Sweden's Linda Bergstrom in the first round
Mukherjee, who showed remarkable grit for a come-from-behind win over Sweden's Linda Bergstrom in her first round, looked completely off-color to lose 3-11 3-11 5-11 5-11 in a 23-minute affair against the world number 55, Fu Yu. The Indian world number 98 managed just two points on her serve to lose the first game in no time.
Manika Batra faces Austria's Sofia Polcanova in Round 3 today
Mukherjee took a timeout trailing 1-4 in the third game to talk to her coach Soumyadeep Roy, seemingly to upset the rhythm of Fu Yu but the veteran kept going strong. Meanwhile, top-ranked Indian Manika Batra faces Austria's Sofia Polcanova in her round three fixture later in the day. Further, G Sathiyan has exited the competition after losing his men's singles second round.Share this timeline