Bronze Secured and More to Come: Indian Men’s Table Tennis Team Makes History at Asian Championships


Let’s talk table tennis, folks! Team India is making waves at the Asian Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The men’s team not only advanced to the semifinals but also locked in a guaranteed bronze medal with a sensational 3-0 win over Singapore. Now, that’s what we call kicking off the week in style!

Sharath Kamal’s Experience vs. Izaac Quek’s Youth

The clash between Indian veteran Sharath Kamal and Singapore’s youngster Izaac Quek was nothing short of a table tennis classic. It was an age vs. youth duel that saw both players digging deep into their skill set. Kamal’s hard-fought victory wasn’t a walk in the park. The final scores were 11-1, 10-12, 11-8, 11-13, 14-12. Experience spoke louder than age, and Kamal’s resilience set the tone for Team India.

Key Moments

  • Kamal’s aggressive start with an 11-1 win
  • Quek’s counter with a 10-12 second set
  • The nail-biting final set that went 14-12

A Tactical Analysis

Kamal’s service technique kept Quek guessing, and his defensive plays showed why he’s still among the top competitors even at 41. But let’s not overlook Quek, the lad had some spectacular backhand flicks that had Kamal scurrying.

G Sathiyan’s Dominance: The Momentum Builder

Veteran G Sathiyan didn’t just win, he dominated Yew En Koen Pang in straight sets 11-6, 11-8, 12-10. With his precise ball placement and tactical spins, Sathiyan was the engineer behind India’s 2-0 lead.

Key Points

  • His excellent service returns
  • His ability to adapt to Pang’s playing style
  • Sealing the game with a tense 12-10 in the third set


Sathiyan’s win was not just another match, it was a master class in offensive table tennis. He showed that India could dominate not just with experience but also with strategy and technique.

the team rejoices at the victories

Harmeet Desai: The Tie-Sealer

It was up to Harmeet Desai, India’s highest-ranked player at 61, to wrap it up for Team India. And boy, did he deliver! Outplaying Zhe Yu Clarence Chew in a straight-set match that ended 11-9, 11-4, 11-6, Desai was a force to be reckoned with.


  • Desai’s focus on the early lead in each set
  • His powerful forehand smashes that left Chew guessing
  • Efficient use of the entire table, making it difficult for Chew to predict plays

Key Takeaway

Desai’s match was not about overpowering, it was about outsmarting, and he did just that, securing the tie and a minimum of a bronze medal for India.

The Bigger Picture: Semifinals and Beyond

So, what’s next for the Indian men’s team? Well, they’re up against either Iran or Chinese Taipei in the semifinals. The stakes are higher, and the competition is tougher. Remember, they snagged a bronze in Doha two years ago, and they’ll be aiming for a repeat or better yet, an upgrade.

Semifinal Checklist

  • Team strategy
  • Player fatigue
  • Mind games
  • Adaptability

Individual Events: The Redemption Arc

Both Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan recently slipped out of the top 100 singles rankings. Considering their age and competition, it’s a hard pill to swallow, and the duo will be looking to remedy this in the individual events at the championships.

Factors Behind the Rankings Drop

  • Revised points system
  • Inadequate tournament participation
  • Younger competitors bringing in new tactics

What to Look Forward To

Both players have the talent and the experience to stage a comeback. Their journey in the singles event could be a story of redemption and resurgence.

Women’s Team: A Tough Battle

On the flip side, the Indian women’s team met their match against Japan, resulting in a 0-3 loss. Despite the stellar efforts of Manika Batra, Ayhika Mukherjee, and Suthirtha Mukherjee, they were outclassed by their higher-ranked opponents.

Women’s Quarterfinal Results

Player (India)Player (Japan)Sets
Ayhika MukherjeeMima Ito11-7, 15-13, 11-8
Manika BatraHina Hayata7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 3-11
Suthirtha MukherjeeMiu Hirano7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5

The ladies will now contest in the classification matches for positions 5-8, aiming to finish on a high note.


The Asian Championships are more than just a regional event, they’re a measuring stick for India’s global standing in the sport. As we gear up for the Hangzhou Asian Games starting on September 23, India’s performance in Pyeongchang serves as a critical precursor. The men have made their mark, but can they go further? Will the women rebound? Time will tell, but right now, let’s revel in the glory of a guaranteed bronze!

There you have it a full breakdown of Team India’s roller-coaster journey at the Asian Championships. The games continue, and so does the excitement!

Tennis Expert Andrew Huggard
reviewed by: Andrew Huggard (Tennis Expert)

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