Tokyo: Veteran Indian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal on Monday progressed to Round 3 of the men’s singles event after outclassing Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Kamal beat Tiago 4-2 in Round 2 of the men’s singles event on Monday morning. The entire match lasted for approximately 48 minutes.
Tiago was in blistering form in Game 1 and as a result, he secured a 11-2 win, creating pressure on Sharath at the start of the match.
However, Kamal managed to stage a comeback in Game 2, winning it 11-8, and as a result, the match came on level terms at 1-1.
The 39-year-old continued with the momentum and quickly went on to take a 5-0 lead in Game 3. Kamal did not let go of this opportunity and he instantly took a 2-1 lead in the match.
Portugal’s Tiago managed to stage a comeback in Game 4, and as a result, the match was poised level at 2-2. However, Kamal showed all his top game management abilities to take the following two games, and as a result, he progressed to the next round.
Later in the day, Manika Batra will play her Round 3 match in the women’s singles event here in the Olympics.