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Winning start by Indian paddlers
New Delhi (PTI): It was a good beginning for the Indian paddlers in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, as both the women's and men's team...
New Delhi (PTI): It was a good beginning for the Indian paddlers in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, as both the women's and men's team advanced to the second round of the tournament with minimum fuss here on Sunday. The women paddlers first brushed aside minnows Southern neighbours 3-0 and then went on to beat Canada with a same margin in their group C matches, while the men's team defeated Australia and South Africa to top group B and move into the next round. The Indian men's side did not have a great start as Anthony Amalraj (world ranked 150) was shocked by Australia's David Powell, ranked 617, in the opening game. Achantha Sharath Kamal (70) did not disappoint the home fans as he brushed aside the challenge of young Kane Townsend to level the rubber 1-1. Easy draw for Indian eves The Indian women paddlers have an easy draw in Stage 2, which is the quarterfinal league, as they have been pooled together with Singapore, Wales and Scotland in Group E. This augurs well for them as they are expected to finish second in the group behind Singapore and possibly could run into England, the likely leader from Group F, in the semifinals. Malaysia, Australia and Sri Lanka are the other teams in Group F.