Bangladesh’s top female table tennis players endured a bitter experience in the 2019 ITTF World Championships with national women’s champion Moumita Alam Rumi and former champion Sonam Sultana Soma being eliminated from the group stage following heavy defeats in the women’s singles event in Budapest, Hungary.
Neither Rumi nor Soma put up any resistance against their opponents even though the two participated in the national table tennis championship ahead of the tournament.
Rumi was first humiliated 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-2 by Wang Amy of USA. She then suffered a 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 and 11-4 defeat against Lithuania’s Paskauskiene Ruta to finish on the bottom of the three-player group.
Likewise, Soma was beaten in both her matches. Serbia’s Surjan Sabina handed a 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 and 11-6 loss to Soma, who went on to lose by 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 and 11-5 against Doval Ilka of Norway in the second game, to finish at the bottom of her three-player group as well.
Rumi and Soma were scheduled to take part in the mixed doubles event but they did not get the opportunity as teammates Mohammad Javed Ahmed and Iram Hosssain had their visas refused.