Liam Pitchford & Paul Drinkhall in action in Stockholm (ITTF picture)

Indian fightback stuns top English pair

Paul Stimpson

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Paul Drinkhall & Liam Pitchford were stunned by a comeback from Indian pair Sharath Kamal Achanta & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran at the Swedish Open.

Things looked rosy for the English pair in the last-16 tie when they led 2-0, but their opponents saved two match points and took the third 12-10 and then won the next two to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The defeat ends English interest in the event after the remining singles players were eliminated yesterday.


Men’s Doubles
Round of 16
Sharath Kamal Achanta & Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (IND) bt Paul Drinkhall & Liam Pitchford 3-2 (4-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8)

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