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TT: Top seed Ovtcharov advances to quarters, Sathiyan crashes out of India Open

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Top-seeded Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany cruised into the quarter-finals of the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open here today on a day that saw a number of Indians fall by the wayside.
 
The World No. 5 won both his matches emphatically here at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex to underline his class and pedigree even in this star-studded field.
 
The country had as many as seven Indians competing for a place in the last eight but five of them faltered at this hurdle itself at the time of writing. Gnanasekaran Sathiyan put up the most valiant fight in the round of 32, losing to ninth-seeded Masataka Morizono of Japan in a seven-game thriller.
 
Young Archana Kamath, who earlier in the day beat compatriot Ayhika Mukherjee 4-2 to qualify for the pre-quarters, too pushed sixth seeded Sakura Mori of Japan to the hilt before crashing out. Archana displayed great skill and determination, and a strong offensive game as well, but ran out of ideas against her more experienced opponent, 
 
Earlier, Ovtcharov, the World No. 5 paddler displayed his exquisite touch in his first outing itself, comprehensively beating Abdulaziz Al Abbad of Saudi Arabia 4-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2). He was equally dominant in his next match, against Joao Geraldo of Portugal, to underline his pedigree even in this star-studded field. 
 
Ovtcharov barely broke into a sweat as he raced to his second straight games victory against Geraldo (11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4). He will clearly be the man to beat in this $150,000 tournament, organised by 11Even Sports with the support of Table Tennis Federation of India.
 
Japan’s 14-year-old sensation Harimoto Tomokazu continued his good run in the tournament, staving off a strong challenge from his compatriot Asuka Sakai and breaking into the quarter-finals. Harimoto, the current junior world champion, came out attacking and claimed the first two games 11-9, 11-9. 
 
Asuka, who was crowned the Under-21 champion just two days back, showed his mettle to make a strong comeback in the third game. Harimoto won the next one 11-7 but lost the momentum in the fifth, losing 11-13 in an intense duel. Harimoto, however, was back in his elements in the sixth, attacking and screaming his way to a comfortable 11-7 triumph.
 
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Results:
Women’s Singles
Round of 32
Sakura Mori (JPN) Beat Harsha Varshini Calange (IND) - 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7
Tze Wing Mak (HKG) Beat Moumita Dutta (IND) - 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5
Archana Girish Kamath (IND) Beat Ayhika Mukherjee (IND) - 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 12-10
 
Round of 16
Hoi Kem Doo (HKG) Beat Mousumi Paul (IND) - 11-2, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11
Huajun Jiang (HKG) Beat Sutirtha Mukherjee (IND) - 11-4, 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6
Matilda Ekholm (SWE) Beat Po-Hsuan Lin (TPE) - 11-3, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6
Jieni Shao (POR) Beat Yi-Ju Wang (TPE) - 10-12, 13-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-5
Wing Nam NG (HKG) Beat Mouma Das (IND) - 11-6, 11-7, 11-9, 15-13
Georgina Pota (HUN) Beat Wai Yam Minnie Soo (HKG) - 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10
Ho Ching Lee (HKG) Beat Tze Wing Mak (HKG) - 11-5, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 9-11
Sakura Mori (JPN) Beat Archana Girish Kamath (IND) - 11-3, 13-11, 5-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-4
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Men’s Singles
Round of 32
Masataka Morizono (JPN) Beat Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (IND) - 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8
Joao Geraldo (POR) Beat Steffan Mengel (GER) - 11-9, 13-11, 11-7, 11-7
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) Beat Abdulaziz Al-Abbad (KSA) - 11-3, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2
Yuya Oshima (JPN) Beat Lubomir Jancarik (CZE) - 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 18-16, 11-2
 
Round of 16
Koki Niwa (JPN) Beat Harmeet Desai (IND) - 14-16, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9
Paul Drinkhall (ENG) Beat Ruwen Filus (GER) - 11-4, 16-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5
Tianyi Jiang (HKG) Beat Ricardo Walther (GER) - 11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 14-12
Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN) Beat Asuka Sakai (JPN)- 11-9, 11-7, 13-15, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7
Yuya Oshima (JPN) Beat Masataka Morizono (JPN) - 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) Beat Joao Geraldo (POR) - 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4
 
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