India's males's and ladies's desk tennis groups are only one win away from qualifying for the Olympics for the primary time by registering victories within the group qualifiers towards Luxembourg and Sweden respectively on Wednesday.
India's top-ranked male participant G Sathiyan needed to sweat lots to win towards Luka Mladenovic, however different members of the fifth-seeded Indian group registered a easy win.
On Friday, India will face 11th seed Slovenia within the Round of 16. The Indian group will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics by making it to the quarterfinals. Hindustan has by no means certified as a group in Olympic historical past and its management has been restricted to non-public occasions. <! –
Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai gave a superb begin to India by defeating Giles Micheli and Eric Glode 11-9, 16-14, 11-6 within the first doubles. Sathiyan defeated Mladenovic 8–11, 9–11, 11–3, 13–11, 11–6 towards world quantity 30 after shedding the primary two video games.
Veteran Sharat, the world quantity 33, defeated Glode 11–3, 11–3, 12–14, 11–5 to make sure India's 3–zero victory. India appear to have a heavy higher hand towards Slovenia, however Sharat mentioned that it is going to be a match of equality. In the context of the presence of 40th seed Darco Jorgic and 62nd quantity Bojan Tokich within the Slovenia group, Sharat mentioned, "His team is very well balanced."
Like the boys's group, the Indian ladies's group is one win away from creating historical past. The quantity 17 Indian group defeated the 11th seeded Sweden group 3–2. Archana Kamat received 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11 after saving match factors towards Linda Bergstrom within the fifth and deciding match. Hindustan's memorable victory, nonetheless, was laid by the group's top-ranked participant Manika Batra, who defeated Bergstrom and Christina Kalburg 3–Three and three–2 respectively in each of their singles matches.
If India has to defeat the robust group of Romania on Friday, then it must carry out particular. World quantity 61 Manika is the one participant within the high 100 in Hindustan's group, whereas Romania has quantity 19 Bernadette Jokes and quantity 31 Elizabeta Samara.