New Delhi: Soumyajit Ghosh beat Harmeet Desai 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the U-21 2014 ITTF World Tour Japan Open Super Seires Table Tennis Championships at Yokohama today. The former national champion will take on Hugo Calderano of Brazil in the semifinals tomorrow. The Brazilian defeated Japanese Asuka Sakai 4-3 to enter the semifinal.
Ghosh, who was on a rampage, just took 35 minutes to complete a 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 to grab the semifinal spot with both hands, despite losing the first extended game. Earlier, Harmeet Desai had beaten Kit Kwan Ho of Hong Kong 5-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 to earn a quarterfinal meeting with Ghosh.
In the men’s section, only Achanta Sharath Kamal made it to the pre-quarterfinals after beating Kirill Skachkov of Russia in the round of 32. The Indian will take on Japanese Jun Mizutani, who downed Chinese Jingkun Liang 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8.
In the morning, Ghosh could not match the kind of aggression that he showed in the u-21 event and went down to Peng Tang of Hong Kong in the men’s singles. The Indian lost 2-4 (12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 2-11).