Mixed day for Indians


Scotland featured players ranked much below the Indians but Ritwik Bhattacharya, Gaurav Nandrajog and Harinder Pal Sandhu lost their pool openers before staging a comeback.
The defeat to Scotland means India must now beat tournament favourites Italy on Tuesday to have a chance of finishing second in the pool and getting into the top 16 playoffs, which would ensure them an easier draw and valuable ranking points.

Scotland went into the tie led by Alan Clyne, the world number 83 from Edinburgh, who beat Ritwik -- ranked 18 places higher -- 11-7 11-4 11-5.

The relatively unknown side sealed victory when unheralded Chris Small from Dunfermline beat world number 205 Gaurav Nandrajog 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.

The Scots completed a whitewash when world number 132 Stuart Crawford beat world number 145 Harinder Pal Sandhu from Chennai 12-10, 11-4, 11-6. However, India bounced back strongly later by beating outsiders Venezuela 3-0.

Ritwik beat Juan Pablo Rothie 11-8, 12-10, 11-8, while Nandrajog outplayed Gabriel Teran 11-1, 11-3, 11-5. Harinder Pal Sandhu made it 3-0 by getting past Juan Pablo Sanchez 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 in just 18 minutes.

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry