Manika Batra advances to quarterfinals; Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan crash out



Commonwealth Games gold medalist Manika Batra advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals, but veterans A Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan crashed out in the pre-quarterfinals of the table tennis competition at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Friday. In men’s singles, Sharath fought bravely against Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Yuan Chuang, but eventually the latter won 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 6-11, 11-8. Sharath had battled back from a two-game deficit to 3-3, but he couldn’t keep his composure in the final game.

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Earlier, G Sathiyan lost to China’s Chiquin Wang 3-11, 3-11, 6-11, 3-11.

India also had a mixed day in the women’s doubles event.

Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee reached the quarter-finals with an 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 win over Thailand’s Jinnipa and Wanwisa.

But Sreeja Akula and Diya Chitale were ousted by fifth seeds Japan’s Miwa Harimoto and Miyuu Kihara 11-3, 11-5, 11-8.

However, Manika gave India something to cheer about in the morning session with a valiant win.

In a close match, Manika Suthasini defeated Sawettabut of Thailand 4-2 (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6) to confirm her place in the quarter-finals.

Manika, a mixed doubles bronze medalist at the Asian Games in Jakarta, will face world No. 3 Yidi Wang of China on Saturday.

It is her last chance to win a medal at these Games as she has already lost in the mixed team and women’s team.

In the men’s round of 16, the Indian duo of Manav Vikash Thakkar and Manush Utpalbhai Shah beat Izaac Quek Yong and Yew En Koen Pang 3-2 (3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11).

Manav and Manush will take on Korea’s Woojin Jang and Lim Jong-hoon next.

However, the other Indian pair of Sharath and Sathiyan lost 0-3 (5-11, 4-11, 7-11) against the Chinese pair of Chuqin Wang and Fan Zhendong.

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