The Indian men’s team, led by G. Satyan, kept their playoff hopes alive by beating Kazakhstan 3-2 in a tight World Table Tennis Group League match in Chengdu, China on Monday.

As for the women’s team, after a heartbreaking close defeat to Germany, Sreya Akula & Co took a 3-1 victory over Egypt to advance to the quarter-finals. The men’s team now needs to beat France in the final group league match to take the top spot in the group 2 table.

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If India loses to France and Germany defeats Kazakhstan, then there will be a three-way draw between India, Germany and France.

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After defeating Germany, Satyan began a new draw in earnest, beating Denis Zholudev in consecutive games 11-1, 11-9, 11-5.

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However, Harmit Desai performed poorly against Kirill Gerasimenko, losing the match 6-11, 8-11, 9-11. In another singles match, Manav Takkar beat Alan Kurmangaliev 12-10, 11-1, 11-8.

With a 2-1 lead, Satyan was expected to draw in the fourth rubber, but Kirill won the match 6-11, 11-5, 12-14, 11-9, 11-6 to restore parity.

In the final match, Harmit was in his element against Joludev, beating him 12–10, 11–9, 11–6 to complete India’s victory.

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In the women’s competition, Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medalist Sreya Akula won the first and fourth matches to secure a play-off spot for India. After a poor game against Germany, Manika Batra won the second match and Dia Chitale lost hers.

Sreya then beat Godu Khan 11-6-11-4, 11-1 and Dina Mishref 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 while Manika overcame Dina’s challenge 8-11, 11-6 , 11. -7, 2-11, 11-8 in five games to help India win the match.