Sharath Kamal seals Tokyo Olympics berth with dominant win over Muhammad Rameez in Asian Qualifiers

Sharath Kamal seals Tokyo Olympics berth with dominant win over Muhammad Rameez in Asian Qualifiers

The veteran Indian thrashed Rameez 11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 in little over 22 minutes within the second males’s singles round-robin match within the South Asia group.

Sharath Kamal seals Tokyo Olympics berth with dominant win over Muhammad Rameez in Asian Qualifiers

File picture of Sharath Kamal. @ITTF/Twitter

Doha: The seasoned Achanta Sharath Kamal on Thursday turned the primary Indian paddler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Video games after a dominant win over Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez on the Asian Olympic Qualification match in Doha.

The veteran Indian thrashed Rameez 11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 in little over 22 minutes within the second males’s singles round-robin match within the South Asia group.

Kamal had misplaced his opening match 11th of September, 13-15, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10, 11th of September, 8-11 to compatriot Gnansekaran Sathiyan.

The win over Rameez ensured not less than a second-place end for Kamal and it was sufficient to safe a spot within the delayed Video games, scheduled to start in July.

One quota is awarded to the highest-ranked second-placed participant within the occasion. Sharath being the top-ranked participant within the group, secured the berth underneath the Asian quota.

Will probably be Kamal’s fourth look on the Olympic Video games.

“It was a superb match in opposition to Sathiyan however I made some errors and he capitalised on them to win the match. I used to be a bit nervous earlier than taking part in in opposition to Rameez as I had by no means confronted him earlier than.

“However after the primary few video games I used to be assured that my technique was working and I executed it properly to keep up management,” the world quantity Sharath mentioned.

The 38-year-old Sharath mentioned contemplating the tumultuous 2020, it is a massive aid.

“Lots of issues have occurred since March 2020. I turned the champion in Oman and was in good contact, was making ready to play the qualification match in Thailand in simply two weeks and all of the sudden all the pieces got here to a standstill.

“I’ve achieved one of the best rankings of my profession and it is an enormous sigh of aid particularly the best way this 12 months has been. Although this shall be my fourth Olympics, it will likely be my greatest Olympic Video games.”

Seeking to safe double qualification, Sharath additionally cruised into the semi-finals within the blended doubles with Manika Batra after the pair defeated Mohammed Abdulwahhab and Maha Faramarzi of Qatar 11-6, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 within the quarters.

The star Indian pair, which acquired a bye within the first spherical, will now tackle Koen Pang Yew En and Ye Lin of Singapore within the last-four match on Friday.

Sathiyan too is now only one win away from becoming a member of Sharath in qualifying for the Tokyo Video games as he takes on Rameez within the ultimate round-robin South Asian group recreation later tonight.

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