India thrash Nigeria 3-0 in world TT

Guangzhou, China, Feb 29 (UNI) India bounced back from the defeat against Turkey as they blanked Nigeria 3-0 in the play-off tie for the 33-36 positions in the World Table Tennis Championship here today.

India were off to a flying start as Soumyadeep Roy downed Nosiru Kazeem 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the first match.

Achanta Sharath Kamal extended the lead, beating Monday Meotohun 12-10, 14-12, 11-9 in straight sets.

Amalraj Anthony, who featured in the championships for the first time, sealed the issue for India as he pipped Hakeem Hassan 11-5, 6-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8 in a hard fought encounter.

India will next take on Slovenia in the 33-34 play-off tie tomorrow, while the women's team will play Australia in the play-off for the 29-32 positions.


Story first published: Friday, February 29, 2008, 16:39 [IST]
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