WTT Doha star competitor | Manika Batra and G Sathiyan progress in singles

Manika Batra, India’s top table tennis player, won her round of 16 women’s singles round at the WTT Star Contender Doha 2022 on Sunday after coming back from a losing match. In 34 minutes, world 48th Manika Batra beat world 27th Xiaona Shan of Germany 3-1 (7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).

Batra will meet Germany’s team silver medalist Ying Han in the round of 16. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, meanwhile, fought back after two matches to upset Sweden’s Mattias Falck 3-2 in the men’s singles (8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6). In the preliminary quarters, he will meet another Swede, Kristian Karlsson.

Sharath Kamal, meanwhile, was eliminated in the Round of 16 after losing to Dang Qui of Germany 3-2 (11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 3-11, 7-11). Batra and her partner Archana Kamath also qualified for the women’s doubles quarter-finals. Dora Madarasz and Georgina Pota of Hungary were beaten 3-1 by the Indian duo (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5).

Ayhika and Sutirtha Mukherjee, the other Indian pair in the women’s doubles, were eliminated in the first round, losing 2-3 (11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-13) to Soo de Hong Kong Wai Yam Minnie and Lee Ho Ching. In mixed doubles, Batra and Sathiyan will face Maria Xiao and Alvaro Robles from Spain.

On the first day, the Indian men’s doubles teams were knocked out of the competition in the first round itself.

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