Making most of China’s absence, India had been on Wednesday assured of their maiden medal within the Asian Desk Tennis Championships after beating Iran 3-1 within the quarterfinals right here.
India, who had made it to the Champions Division after their stellar displaying within the final version, had been additionally handed a direct entry into the eight-team foremost draw of the ITTF-ATTU joint occasion.
Ace paddler A Sharath Kamal led the cost within the win towards Iran. Sharath, who opened the primary match of the rubber, downed Nima Alamiyan 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 to place India 1-0 up. Although the world No. 33 started nicely, he dropped the subsequent earlier than choosing up steam to roll previous Alamiyan.
Within the subsequent tie, G Sathiyan, ranked No. 38 on this planet beat Noshad Alamiyan (world No. 74) 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6.
However within the subsequent rubber, Harmeet Desai misplaced to Amir Hossein Hodaei 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 14-12, 7-11. The fiercely-fought rubber noticed fortunes fluctuating from one excessive to a different however the Iranian held on to his nerves to cut back the margin.
Nevertheless, in his reverse singles, Sharath sealed the destiny of Iran, beating Noshad 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 to make sure India its first medal. The Indians will tackle the winners of the South Korea versus Hong Kong match on Friday.