Sharath Kamal turned the clock back to produce a vintage performance in knocking out World No. 16 Patrick Franziska (Germany) 12-10, 3-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 for a place in the pre-quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Star Contender tournament in Doha on Tuesday.
Sharath, ranked 32nd, had to draw from his reserves after trailing 0-7 in the fourth game. He used all his experience to close the gap 6-8 before the German managed to force the decider.
“These points were crucial for me when I entered the deciding game,” said Sharath, who pulled off a series of brilliant points in the close fifth game. Some stunning blocks off the backhand and a good number of forehand drives clearly surprised the higher-ranked German.
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