Batam (Indonesia): Seasoned Indian paddler Harmeet Desai continued his good run within the worldwide circuit as he staved off a robust problem from compatriot Amalraj Anthony to win the ITTF Problem Indonesia Open right here on Sunday.
In an all-Indian males’s singles last, it was Harmeet who began on the entrance foot, successful the opening recreation 11-9 earlier than dropping the subsequent 9-11, permitting Amalraj to attract stage.
Ranked 104 on the planet, Harmeet, took management of the proceedings thereafter and gained the subsequent two video games by an an identical margin of 11-9 to go 3-1 up. Amalraj lowered the lead by successful the subsequent recreation 12-10, however the reigning Commonwealth champion didn’t make any additional mistake and gained the sixth recreation 11-9 to seal the match 4-2 and win his second worldwide title of the 12 months.
Each the gamers regarded in ominous type within the earlier rounds, getting previous their respective opponents with consummate ease.
Harmeet trounced Yuto Kizikuri of Japan and Siu Cling Lam of Hong Kong by the identical scoreline of 4-2 within the quarterfinal and semifinal, respectively, whereas Amalraj picked two 4-Zero victories over Joao Monteiro of Portugal and Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal within the spherical of eight and 4, respectively.
Harmeet and Amalraj additionally teamed up within the males’s doubles occasion, making it to the semifinal. Enjoying in opposition to Man Ho Kwan and Siu Cling Lam of Hong Kong, they got here up with a spirited problem, however sadly capitulated 7-11, 9-11, 9-11 to bow out of the event.