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World TT: Manika in quarters of women's, mixed doubles

November 27, 2021 12:42 IST

Manika Batra

IMAGE: India’s Manika Batra is one win away from a historic medal after making it to the quarter-finals in the mixed and women's doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships, in Houston, on Friday. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Manika Batra is just one win away from a historic medal after making it to the quarter-finals in the mixed and women's doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships, in Houston, on Friday.

 

Manika and Archana Kamath defeated Hungary's Dora Madarasz and Georgina Pota 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 in the women's doubles round of 16.

They will take on Luxembourg's Sarah de Nutte and Xia Lian Ni for a place in the semi-finals.

Bronze medals are awarded to all losing semi-finalists in the competition.

In the mixed doubles, Manika and G Sathiyan scripted a strong comeback against the United States-China combine of Kanak Jha and Wang Manyu after losing the first two games to reach the quarter-finals.

The Indian pair won 15-17, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7. They will meet Japan's Harimoto Tomokazu and Hayata Hina.

"It has been an amazing tournament. It was a superb comeback against a strong pair. We both combined extremely well. Looking forward to keep up the momentum.

"It is certainly going to be tough against the top Japanese pair but we will give our everything," Sathiyan, the world number 37 in singles, said.

However, the mixed doubles pairing of Sharath Kamal and Archana lost their round of 16 match to France's Jia Nan Yuan and Emmanuel Lebesson.

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