Five out of the eight seeds in the mixed doubles draw failed to make it to the quarter final round . Five out of the eight seeds in the mixed doubles draw failed to make it to the quarter final round .
SURAT: Sanil Shetty, the former national champion and third seed, escaped a panic even though top seed G Sathiyan and second seed A Sharath Kamal recorded easy victories in the 36th National Games to advance to the third round of the table tennis tournament.The individual competition at the PDDU Indoor Stadium kicked off with local mixed doubles pair Manav Thakkar and Filzah Fatema Kadri defeating top seeds Sanil Shetty and Reethrishya Tennison of Maharashtra in the quarter-finals.In fact, five out of the eight seeds in the mixed doubles draw failed to make it to the quarter final round.Shetty may have suffered a similar fate in the mens singles competition, when he was pushed to the brink by Uttar Pradeshs Divyansh Srivastava.In other games, Sathiyan crushed Haryana's Wesley Do Roserio 13-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, and Sharath converted his fifth match point to defeat Maharashtra's Ravindra Kotiyan 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, and 17-15.In the second round, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar opened their campaigns with simple victories.In the first round, all the seeds were tossed byes.Thakkar lost four match points in the fourth set but regrouped to defeat Uttar Pradeshs Sarth Mishra 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 14-16, 11-6, while Desai thrashed Telanganas Mohammed Ali 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8. Though both players learned the basics of the game at the Sufaiz Academy, they had never had a chance to play together before, and the decision to pair them together was made at a preparatory camp held ahead of the Games.The unseeded pair began their campaign with a narrow win over Uttar Pradesh's Sridhar Joshi and Mahika Dixit, but their true test would be against the husband-wife pair of Shetty and Reeth Rishya Tennison.Kadri stood up to the challenge, playing a crucial second foil to Thakkar, as the pair won 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, and also had opportunities to score winners.To defeat a team that is in the top 6 in the national rankings is a rewarding experience. Thakkar was praised for his marriage.She is a brute, she is an intruder.During training, we have learned a great deal so we know each other's movements very well, he said.