Sreeja Akula lost twice as the Indian women’s team suffered a 1-3 defeat against top-seeded Japanese in the quarterfinals of the Asian table tennis Championships here.
Japan’s world No.19 Hitomi Sato tamed Sreeja Akula 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 in the first match, while Archana Kamath went down fighting to Saki Shibata 12-1- 7-11 4-11 12-10 9-11.
Archana took two games on extended points against Saki, who is ranked 42, besides running her close in the fifth.
However, Saki managed to put Japan 2-0 ahead.
Sutirtha Mukherjee arrested the slide with a 3-2 (11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8) win over Miyu Nagasaki, giving a scare to the Japanese.
But in the end, Saki settled the issue in her reverse singles against Sreeja, winning 8-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-9, 11-8.
The women blanked Uzbekistan 3-0 in the second stage of the qualifiers while accounting for Nepal and Jordan with similar scorelines in the first stage.
The men’s team beat Iran 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday to assure itself of a maiden medal in the tournament.
They will take on South Korea in the semi-finals on Friday.