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Sharath Kamal moves into 3rd round with 4-2 win over Tiago Apolonia

Sharath will next face reigning Olympic and world champion Ma Long of China.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: July 26, 2021 12:08 IST
Achanta Sharath Kamal of India
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Achanta Sharath Kamal of India

Veteran India paddler Sharath Kamal on Monday registered a convincing 4-2 win over Portugal's Tiago Apolonia to advance through Round 2 of men's singles table tennis at Tokyo Olympics.

After losing the first set 2-11, Sharath picked momentum to clinch the next two. Apolonia, however, won the fourth set to level the match. 

Sharath and Apolonia were tied 4-4 in the fifth set before Indian coach Saumadeep Roy called for a timeout. The ploy worked in India's favour as Sharath took an 8-5 lead and eventually grabbed the fifth set to make it 3-2. 

Sharath, who is representing India for the fourth time in the Games, will next take on Olympic champion Ma Long of China. The Indian had received a bye in the first round.

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