Manika Batra and G Sathiyan featured at WTT Star Contender Budapest 2022

With CWG 2022 less than three weeks away, Indian paddlers will try to hone their skills at the WTT Star Contender Budapest 2022, which kicks off on Monday. CWG-linked players Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula, Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan will take part in the WTT Star Contender in Budapest.

The only consecutive Indian entry into the men’s singles main draw is world number 35 Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Sharath Kamal, world No. 39, will have to rise to the top from the qualifying rounds in Budapest. India’s top two male players, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal will also compete in the doubles event.

Indian table tennis champion Manika Batra, ranked 41st, is part of the singles main draw and will play in women’s doubles alongside Archana Kamath. Manika and Archana, who are ranked fourth in the world, won bronze at WTT Star Contender Doha earlier this year. Indian mixed doubles duo Manika Batra and G Sathiyan have the best chance of winning a medal in Budapest. The mixed doubles team is ranked sixth in the world and will enter WTT Star Contender Budapest 2022 as the fourth seed.

The pair will also be India’s strongest medal hopes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Birmingham, UK, from July 28 to August 8. Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, Diya Chitale and Reeth Rishya, the four remaining members of the CWG-linked Indian team will not compete in Budapest.

With the exception of mixed doubles, the main draw matches for men’s and women’s singles and doubles will begin on Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday, the qualifications will take place. The WTT Star Contender Budapest 2022 competition will end on July 23.

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