India's [ Images ] campaign in table tennis competitions in the Asian Games came to a disappointing end on Thursday with star paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bowing out in the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the Guangzhou Gymnasium.
Sharath struggled for 28 minutes before going down 9-11, 4-11, 7-11, 10-12, 11-6 to Korea's Sang Eun, while Amalraj was taught a ping pong lesson by Chinese Taipei's Chih Yuan Chuang who thrashed the Indian 6-11, 10-12 5-11, 1-11 in just 18 minutes.
Earlier in the day, lone Indian survivor in the women's singles, Shamini Kumaresan too made an exit but not before giving a tough fight to Sayaka Hirano of Japan [ Images ] 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 7-11 in the second round.
As if that was not enough, Commonwealth Games [ Images ] gold medallist men's doubles pair of Sharath and Subhajit Saha too could not cross the last 16 hurdle as they were spanked 0-3 by Korean combination of Jungwoo Lee and Sang Eun Oh.
The Indians were no match for their Korean rivals as Lee and Oh beat them 11-9 11-6 11-4 in just 15 minutes to sail into the quarterfinals.