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WTT Contender: Manika Batra crashes out in the semifinal

Manika Batra crashed out of the women's singles semifinal after losing 1-3 to China's Zhang Rui at the WTT Doha Contender.

Manika Batra Commonwealth Games 2022 Table Tennis

Only Manika Batra managed to win a match against Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Team Championships on February 21 in Busan. (Source: Getty)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 21 Jan 2023 5:01 AM GMT

Ace Indian paddler Manika Batra crashed out of the women's singles semifinal at the ongoing WTT Contender Doha at the Lusail Sports Complex. She lost to China's Zhang Rui 1-3 on Friday.

Up against a higher-ranked player Manika lost the first game 6-11 before bouncing back to win the second 11-2. However, what followed was a Zhang Rui domination as the Chinese won the next two games 11-4, 11-2 respectively to complete a thumping victory over the Indian.

Earlier in the day, Manika Batra had edged out South Korea's Choi Hyojoo 3-2 in a hard-fought quarterfinal.

With Manika Batra's loss against Zhang Rui, India's challenge at the 2023 WTT Doha Contender came to an end.

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