Warming up ahead of the bigger battles, all the leading seeds expectedly advanced to the round of 32 but what came as a surprise was second seed G. Sathiyan dropping a game to Mizoram’s Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta in the National table tennis championship at Panchkula.

Sathiyan’s 4-1 victory came after defending champion Harmeet Desai won by a similar margin against Delhi-based Yashansh Malik.

After top seed Sharath Kamal blanked Tamil Nadu’s Abinay Vijay Babu for the loss of just 20 points over four games, fourth seed Manav Thakkar was the only other top player to advance without dropping a game.

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Former champion A. Amalraj, seeded nine, survived two match-points against Soumyadeep Sarkar before going through 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, but 10th seed Jeet Chandra was not so…

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