Manika Batra and her women’s doubles partner Archana Kamath of India qualified for the quarter-finals of the WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 on Monday. Batra and Kamath, who earned a bye into the round of 16, beat Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru in the round of 16, 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 7- 11, 11-5).
The Indian pair will now face second seeds from Japan Hina Hayata and Mima Ito, a two-time world championship silver medalist team, in the last eight. Batra’s mixed doubles campaign, however, came to an end when she and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran were beaten 0-3 (11-8, 11-3, 11-6) by Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching of Taipei Chinese at the Singapore Sports Hub.
Lin and Cheng are the top seeds of the mixed doubles duo at the Singapore encounter. India’s men’s doubles hopefuls G Stahiyan and Sharath Kamal couldn’t give their best against South Korean second seeds Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon. The Indian team was eliminated after losing their second round match 0-3 (7-11, 7-11, 6-11).
Sathiyan also left the men’s singles tournament after losing to South Korean player Lim Jonghoon 3-1 (3-11, 11-5, 8-11, 4-11). Batra and Kamath, who competed in the women’s doubles on Monday, are the only surviving Indian players in the inaugural Grand Smash competition. All other players in the singles and doubles categories were ousted early.
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