India’s men’s team advanced to the quarter-finals despite a 0-3 loss to France at the World Table Tennis Championships in Chengdu, China on Tuesday.

India avoided relegation as they were one of the top ranked third teams in the group stage.

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As a change of strategy, India started with Manav Thakkar against world No. 30 Alexis Lebrun and a 0–3 loss (6–11, 8–11, 8–11) immediately set them back.

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World number 37 G Satyan faced Felix Lebrun in the second match. But Lebrun, in 86th, landed a lot more than his weight and won the match 11-4, 11-2, 11-6.

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Harmit Desai also succumbed to the pressure despite battling Jules Rolland who won 11-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 in a thrilling third leg to secure France top of the group after a three-way draw with Germany and India.

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India’s defeat against France saw Germany, who beat France 3-1 on Monday, finish second in the group.

Teams with the two higher rankings, who finished third in their groups, filled the two vacant spots in the playoffs of the top 16 teams.

India has made it to the last 16 stages as the other team in contention, Romania, ranks lower in the world standings.

In the quarter-finals, India will play first place China. Previously, the Indian women’s team also qualified for the playoffs after two wins and a loss. In the 1/8 final match, they will play with Chinese Taipei.