India’s Archana Kamath put up a fighting performance before losing 1-3 to Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong in the women’s singles quarter-finals at the WTT Star Contender Doha at the Lusail Sports Arena in Qatar on Friday.
Facing the second seed and world No. 15 Doo Hoi Kem, a Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, the 134th ranked Archana Kamath lost 11-9, 11-13, 8-11, 6-11, thus ending India’s challenge at the event.
Seven Indian table tennis players, including Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, competed at the WTT Star Contender Doha which ends on Saturday.
On Friday, Archana Kamath was quick to get off the blocks and countered Doo Hoi Kem’s moves with some quick returns. The Bengaluru native mixed her shots well to stretch her opponent for the initial points and eventually win the opening game.
Archana Kamath came out strong in the second game as well. The Indian often forced Doo Hoi Kem to the corner with her quick returns to open up the table. But the 24-year-old Doo Hoi Kem fought back to draw parity.
Later, Doo Hoi Kem raced to a 7-1 lead in the third game and although Archana Kamath cut the deficit, the Indian fell short and also subsequently lost the fourth game to concede the match.
Nevertheless, Archana Kamath was the most impressive Indian table tennis player in the tournament as she accounted for some top-ranked players in the earlier rounds.
Archana Kamath, 21, beat Mo Zhang of Canada (ranked 39) in her second round and followed it up with a win over Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki (ranked 57) in the Round of 16.