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 workforce qualifiers in opposition to Luxembourg and Sweden respectively on Wednesday.
India's top-ranked male participant G Sathiyan needed to sweat lots to win in opposition to Luka Mladenovic, however different members of the fifth-seeded Indian workforce registered a easy win.
On Friday, India will face 11th seed Slovenia within the Round of 16. The Indian workforce will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics by making it to the quarterfinals. Hindustan has by no means certified as a workforce in Olympic historical past and its management has been restricted to private 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 in opposition to world quantity 30 after dropping 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 in opposition to 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 workforce, Sharat mentioned, "His team is very well balanced."
Like the lads's workforce, the Indian ladies's workforce is one win away from creating historical past. The quantity 17 Indian workforce defeated the 11th seeded Sweden workforce 3–2. Archana Kamat received 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11 after saving match factors in opposition to Linda Bergstrom within the fifth and deciding match. Hindustan's memorable victory, nevertheless, was laid by the workforce'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 sturdy workforce of Romania on Friday, then it should carry out particular. World quantity 61 Manika is the one participant within the prime 100 in Hindustan's workforce, whereas Romania has quantity 19 Bernadette Jokes and quantity 31 Elizabeta Samara.