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Upsets Abundant, Unexpected Names Reserve Reach Penultimate Round
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Sanil Shetty caused a quarter-final Men's Singles upset by beating Harmeet Desai  Photo By: An Sungho

12/20/2015        2015 20th Commonwealth Championships (Click here to access this section)

Seeds fell; surprises were plentiful as play progressed to the latter stages of the Menís Singles event at the 20th Commonwealth Championships in Surat, India on Sunday 20th December.

Quite remarkably of the top four names on duty, only one, the host nationís Soumyajit Ghosh progressed to the penultimate round.

Illness Forces Withdrawal
Illness forced Singaporeís Li Hu, the top seed, to withdraw; thus affording Indiaís Abhishek Yadav a second round walk-over; a place in the quarter-finals was thus gained but there was to be no further progress.

He was beaten by colleague, Amalraj Anthony, the no.6 seed (11-4, 11-4, 11-4, 11-2).

Quarter-Final Defeats
A second round exit by default for Li Hu; for Amalraj Anthonyís colleagues, Harmeet Desai, the no.3 seed and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the no.4 seed, it was quarter-final departures.

Harmeet Desai was beaten by colleague, Sanil Shetty, the no.9 seed (9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5); Sathiyan Gnanasekaran suffered at the hands of Singaporeís Chen Feng, the no.5 seed (13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5).

Soumyajit Ghosh
Upsets; however, 22 year old Soumyajit Ghosh, avoided the carnage.

The crucial player in Indiaís team success earlier in the week, he accounted for Singaporeís Pang Xue Jie (11-3, 17-15, 11-9, 11-2) and Scotlandís Gavin Rumgay, the no.8 seed (11-4, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10) to reserve his place in the penultimate round.

At the semi-final stage, Amalraj Anthony meets Sanil Shetty, Chen Feng opposes Soumyajit Ghosh.

Menís Doubles
Medal hopes alive for India; in the Menís Doubles event, all three medals are guaranteed with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia alongside Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav the surprise names to appear in the last four.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia, the no.5 seeds, received a quarter-final walk-over against Singaporeís Clarence Chew and Li Hu; at the same stage Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav, the no.7 seeds, also progressed courtesy of Singapore.

They accounted for Chen Feng and Pang Xue Jie, the no.4 seeds (11-6, 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Penultimate Round
In the penultimate round, Sudhanshu Grover and Abhishek Yadav meet Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai, the top seeds; Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Devesh Karia face Amalraj Anthony and Sanil Shetty, the no.3 seeds.

Play Concludes
Play concludes on Monday 21st December.



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