Tokyo: India paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal on Monday progressed to Round 3 of the men's singles event after defeating Portugal's Tiago Apolonia here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym -- Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Kamal defeated Tiago 4-2 in Round 2 of the men's singles event on Monday. The entire match lasted for 48 minutes.
Tiago was in top form in Game 1 and as a result, he won it 11-2, creating pressure on Sharath at the very start.
India's Kamal staged a comeback in Game 2, winning it 11-8, and as a result, the match came on level terms at 1-1.
Kamal continued with his momentum and he quickly went on to take a 5-0 lead in Game 3. The 39-year-old did not let go of this opportunity and he quickly took a 2-1 lead in the match.
Portugal's Tiago staged a comeback in Game 4, and as a result, the match was poised evenly at 2-2. However, Kamal held his own in the following two games, and as a result, he progressed to the next round.
Later in the day, Manika Batra will play her Round 3 match in the women's singles event here in the Olympics.