IMAGE: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran got the better of Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko to enter the third round at the World Table Tennis Championships. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images
(*32*) Sathiyan Gnanasekaran progressed to the singles third round at the World Table Tennis Championship with a 4-0 win over Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko in Houston.
The World No 37 from India defeated his 179th-ranked opponent 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 in the round of 64. Sathiyan next faces World No 17 Aruna Quadri of Nigeria in the Round of 32.
(*32*) top-ranked player, world number 30 Sharath Kamal, had a suffered a disappointing opening round loss on Tuesday.
However, Sharath can still make an impact in the men’s doubles alongside Sathiyan and in mixed doubles alongside Archana Kamath.
Sharath and Archana entered the round of 32 with a 3-0 win over Algeria’s Sami Kherouf and Katia Kessaci.
Sathiyan and Manika Batra got a first round bye and play their round of 32 mixed doubles match against Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz and Brian Afanador.
Manika and Archana have got a first round bye in women’s doubles.