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World Table Tennis Team C'Ships: Indian women's team beats Hungary, men lose to Poland

While the Indian women's team beat Hungary 3-2, the men's team suffered a 1-3 defeat against Poland in their respective group-stage ties at the World Table Tennis Team Championships.

Manika Batra Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 women

FILE PHOTO: Manika Batra won two matches to help India beat Hungary at the World Table Tennis Team Championships in South Korea in February. 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 18 Feb 2024 11:43 AM GMT

The Indian women's team, on Sunday, registered its first win at the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Busan, South Korea, as it beat Hungary 3-2 in its second group stage tie.

The national men's team, however, suffered a 1-3 defeat against Poland in its second group-stage tie.

The women's team, led by Manika Batra, toiled hard for the win after going down 2-3 against China in the first tie.

Batra, leading the match, won the first match against Dora Madarasz 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4.

In the second match of the tie, Sreeja Akula, who stunned the world no. 2 Wang Yidi in India's tie against China, lost 3-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11 against Pota Georgina.

Ayhika Mukherjee, who upset the world no. 1 Sun Yingsha against China, put India in a 2-1 lead with a 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 win over Balint Bernadett.

Hungary, however, managed to force the decider as Sreeja lost her second match against Dora 4-11, 6-11, 11-5, 7-11.

Manika prevailed over Pota 11-5, 14-12, 13-11 in the deciding rubber to help India register a win.

The men's team, however, could not carry forward its winning momentum after beating Chile 3-0 in the first tie.

Achanta Sharath Kamal went down in the match 8-11, 11-8, 4-11, 10-12 against Jakub Dyjas.

Harmeet Desai brought India back into the tie by beating Kubik Maciej 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 11-5.

In the third match of the tie, Manav Thakkar could not negotiate the challenge from Redzimski Milosz as he lost 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 6-11, 7-11.

Harmeet could not deliver in the fourth match against Jakub as he lost 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-14.

Poland won the tie 3-1.

In its third group stage tie on Monday, the Indian women's team will go up against Uzbekistan at 9:30 AM IST, while the men's team will face mighty South Korea at 6:30 AM IST.

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