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ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open 2018 Live score: Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Jonathan Groth, Live Match Updates

Groth def Achanta 11-7, 11-7,11-2, 12-10
Updated: 09 March 2018 20:38 IST - Published: 09 March 2018 16:51 IST
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But don't go away anywhere! Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will be in action very soon in Table 4.

We'll be bringing you live coverage of that match too. You can follow it live HERE.
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That was a great effort from the veteran Indian in the fourth set. He was able to keep his errors in check and varied the shots very well that seemed to have taken the game away from the higher-ranked Dane.

But he made mistakes right after getting set points, which cost him the tiny opportunity that he had.

Nevertheless, his first round win and today's show will encourage him to do well, especially with the Commonwealth Games less than a month from now!
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Final score: Groth def Achanta 11-7, 11-7,11-2, 12-10
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And Groth CONVERTS!

12-10
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NOW GROTH HAS A SET POINT OF HIS OWN, WHICH IS ACTUALLY A MATCH POINT!

Achanta is looking frustrated!
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GROTH SAVES BOTH!


10-10
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HE HAS SET POINTS!!!!


10-8
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AND ACHANTA HAS TAKEN A 9-8 LEAD!!!!
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Groth is surprisingly peppering a few errors now.

Achanta trails 7-8
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Achanta is a bit fired up now and is varying his shots well to surprise the Dane.

With two errors from Groth, Achanta has come back to 5-8
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The backhand, especially, has been a letdown for the Indian.

Another error off that wing and he sends Groth up to 6-3
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A good stretch of play from the Indian and he has levelled matters at 3-3
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Achanta continues to make too many mistakes in the fast exchanges and that is giving more confidence to his opponent.

Groth has opened up a 2-0 lead already
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Groth has very, very easily got this set as well.


11-2
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It's a whopping 10-2 lead now
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A rare forehand error from Groth as he tried to put more pace and power.

8-2
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It's one way traffic completely!

Groth 6-1
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The unforced errors from Achanta are taking away whatever little chance he has.


Groth up 4-1
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Groth has already built a lead of 3-1
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It's 1-1 in Set 3
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It's 2 sets to love lead for the higher-ranked paddler.

The job has become tougher for the veteran Indian now but never count him out, especially after his stunning upset win yesterday!
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Groth converts the first of his set points and pockets the second set 11-7.
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A return from Groth into the net and Achanta now trails 7-10
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Once more, he started going for too much and it is not helping him

Groth up 9-6
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Achanta is now showing controlled aggression.

He trails 6-7
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A rare unforced error from Groth allows Achanta to come back to 5-7
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And he has widened the gap to FOUR POINTS!

Groth 7-3
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Achanta again made it a one-point gap at 3-4 but Groth went up further pretty quickly

Groth 5-3
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Still a 2-point gap!

Groth leads 4-2
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Achanta is going for too much. He needs to be more patient and has to cut down on his unforced errors.

Groth up 3-1
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1-1 to begin things with
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Achanta's fighting skills were never in doubt, despite the eventual setback in the first set. Can he turn things around in Set 2?
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Kamal could not put resistance after that and Groth easily takes the last three points to grab the first set 11-7.
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The Indian closed the gap to just one point at 7-8 but an unforced error again widened the gap.

Groth up 9-7
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Groth has taken an 8-5 lead courtesy of an unforced error from Sharath
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Sharath is looking to play a little defensively than usual. Groth still has a two-point advantage. 6-4.
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That's a quick, side-spin serve from Sharath and Groth has no answer. 3-4.
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Groth has quickly taken a 4-2 lead in the game.
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The match starts as Groth gets us underway
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The match will get underway in a few moments, the players are warming up
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Good evening! Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the ITTF Qatar Open where Achanta Sharath Kamal meets World No. 26 Jonathan Groth of Denmark in the Round of 16. 

Indian veteran Sharath Kamal caused a major upset in the first round as he eased past World No 7 Koki Niwa of Japan 4-1, winning 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 14-12, 11-9. He displayed an array of attacking shots throughout the game, which consisted of inch-perfect forehand and backhand top-spins. His defensive work was pretty sleek as well as he manoeuvred Koki's serves without any difficulties.

It was a big win for the 35-year-old as he had never managed to beat Koki previously, perhaps it was the biggest in recent Indian table tennis history. Today, he meets Groth, who is a dangerous opposition. The match will surely be an exciting affair, stay tuned for all live updates.
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