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WTT Star Contender Doha: Manika-Archana pair enters medal round

The Indian pair will take on Taipei's Li Yu-Jhun and Cheng I-Ching in the semifinals.

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath (Source: World Table Tennis)



Updated: 29 March 2022 4:19 PM GMT

India's Manika Batra and Archana Kamath entered the medal round of the women's doubles in the WTT Star Contender event after beating Soo Wai Yam Minnie and Lee Ho Ching of Hong Kong 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The match picked up momentum in the first game itself. The Indians, ranked sixth, fought well to win it on extended points. But in the next, they lost after gaining a slender lead. Nevertheless, the duo did exceedingly well to put the loss behind and went 2-1 up before winning the fourth in what was a repeat of the first game.

The Indian pair, which won 13-11 8-11 11-5 13-11, will take on Taipei's Li Yu-Jhun and Cheng I-Ching in the semifinals.

Unfortunately, Manika and G. Sathiyan failed to go past the first round when they lost 1-3 (7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 5-11) to Spaniards Maria Xiao and Alvaro Robles last night. The Indian mixed pair is ranked seventh while the Spaniards are 12 places behind them.

Earlier, Sharath Kamal and Manav Vikas Thakkar lost 1-3 their men's doubles to Robles of Spain and Ovidiu Ionescu of Romania. Sharath lost his second-round match to Dang Qiu of Germany after leading 2-0 in the men's singles. The German player of Chinese origin won 7-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.

In contrast, G. Sathiyan, trailing 0-2, overcame Mattias Falck of Sweden to enter the pre-quarterfinals. The highest-ranked Indian won 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6. In the pre-quarterfinals, Sathiyan will clash with another Swede, Kristian Karlsson.

In his Round of 16 encounter, Sathiyan lost 1-3 to Kristian Karlsson. Despite winning the first game by 11-5, Sathiyan went down in the next three games by scores of 8-11, 7-11,4-11. This brought the end of India's challenge in the singles category.

Manika accounted for Germany's Xiaona Shan, ranked 26th, in the round of 32 to advance to the next round. The Indian, ranked 48th, won 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. Manika showed great character to come back after the first game's loss and fought back with the higher-ranked German. Manika proved her mettle in the fourth game as she held on courageously to win the close fourth game.

She then took on German paddler Ying Han, who is ranked 17, in the pre-quarterfinals. Unfortunately, Manika Batra lost by an overall Game score of 3-0 with respective scores of 11-5, 11-2,11-4.

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