Indian table tennis players Siddhesh Pande, Mudit Dani, Fidel R Snehit and Sudhanshu Grover won bronze medals in men’s doubles at the ITTF Kazakhstan International Open on Sunday.
Pande and Dani teamed up while Fidel R Snehit and Sudhanshu Grover played side by side. Both pairs looked unstoppable and put in a commendable performance throughout the tournament before suffering losses in their respective semi-finals.
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The Maharashtra table tennis duo of Mudit Dani and Siddhesh Pande suffered a 0-3 loss to the Saudi pair of Ali Alkhadrawi and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi.
Fidel Snehit and Sudhanshu Grover also lost 2-3 to the tough Kazakh pair of Alan Kurmangaliyev and Kirill Gerassimenko.
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However, India had better fortunes in men’s singles. Hyderabad-based table tennis player Fidel Snehit entered the final after beating Belarusian Pavel Platonov 4-1 comfortably in the semi-final. World number 405 paddler has a tough job ahead of him as he faces world number 46 Kirill Gerassimenko of Kazakhstan in the gold medal match.
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Meanwhile, Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen stormed the women’s doubles final of the Kazakhstan International Open. The Indians outscored Uzbek duo Kamila Khalikova and Mekhriniso Norkulova 3-1 in their semi-final match.
Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen will face Russians Valeria Kotcyur and Valeria Shcherbatykh in the battle for gold in the women’s doubles.
The men’s singles and women’s doubles finals will be played later on Sunday.
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