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Gold Coast (Australia), June 6: India’s men’s doubles pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh went down 4-11, 4-11, 11-8, 4-11 to fourth seeded Kwan Kit and Lam Siu Hang of Hong Kong in the final of the GAC Group ITTF World Tour Australian Open table tennis tournament here on Saturday. Also Read - Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal Wins Oman Open, Ends Decade-Long Wait For Pro Title
However, it was a great run by the third seeded Indian pair who defeated Robin Devos and Cedric Nuytinck of Belgium 14-12, 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the semi-finals. Last month, the Indian pair had reached the semi-finals in the doubles event of the Phlippines Open. In singles, both Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit lost in the pre-quarterfinals. (Read: Paddlers Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai win in Philippines Open) Also Read - ITTF World Tour Hungary Open: A. Sharath Kamal, G. Sathiyan Assured of Medals in Budapest
Men singles (pre-quarterfinals): Youngsik Jung (Kor) bt Soumyajit Ghosh (Ind) 13-15, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6; Yuya Oshima (Jpn) bt Harmeet Desai (Ind) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5. First round: Soumyajit Ghosh (Ind) bt Yuki Matsuyama (Jpn) 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3; Harmeet Desai (Ind) bt Justin Han (Aus) 8-11, 16-14, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.
Doubles (Final): Ho Kwan Kit/Lam Sin Hang (Hong Kong) bt Harmeet Desai/Soumyajit Ghosh Semi-final: Harmeet Desai/Soumyajit Ghosh (Ind) bt Robin Devos/Cedric Nuytinck 14-12, 7-11, Quarterfinals: Harmeet Desai/Soumyajit Ghosh (Ind) bt William Henzell/David Powell (Aus) 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, 10-12, 11-8. First round: Harmeet Desai/Soumyajit Ghosh (Ind) bt Juke Duffy/Dominic Huang (Aus) 11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7.