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 on a commendable performance throughout the tournament before suffering defeats in their respective semi-finals.
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Maharashtra’s table tennis duo of Mudit Dani and Siddhesh Pande suffered a 0-3 loss to Saudi pair of Ali Alkhadrawi and Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi.
Fidel Snehit and Sudhanshu Grover also battled 2-3 against the Kazakh duo 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 Pavel Platonov of Belarus comfortably 4-1 in the semi-final. World number 405 paddler has a tough task ahead as he takes on world number 46 Kirill Gerassimenko of Kazakhstan in the gold medal match.
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Meanwhile, Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen broke into the women’s doubles final of the Kazakhstan International Open. The Indians outscored the Uzbek duo of Kamila Khalikova and Mekhriniso Norkulova 3-1 in their semi-final match.
Kaushani Nath and Prapti Sen will face Valeria Kotcyur and Valeria Shcherbatykh of Russia in the fight for the women’s doubles gold medal.
The men’s singles and women’s doubles finals will be played later on Sunday.
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