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TT: Manika Batra & Co break no sweat

TT: Manika Batra & Co break no sweat

Manika Batra

Indian paddlers Manika Batra and Sreeja Akula entered the women’s singles quarterfinals in the table tennis event. Batra steamrolled Australian Jee Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to book her place in the quarterfinals. Akula, on the other hand, was stretched in her encounter with Charlotte Carey. However, the 24-year-old held her nerve to beat the Welsh 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10. Earlier in the day, both Batra and Akula reached the quarters of the mixed doubles event. Batra and her mixed doubles partner G Sathiyan humbled Nigerians Olajide Omotayo and Ajoke Ojomu 11-7 11-6 11-7. Akula and Achanta Sharath Kamal came from behind to beat Malaysia’s Leong Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11 11-2 11-6 11-5. Meanwhile, Kamal and Sathiyan stormed into the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles event after easing past Bangladesh’s Bawm Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohutasin Ahmed. The Indian pair won 11-6 11-1 11-4 in their Round of 16 clash.

Para athlete Bhavina Patel in final

India’s Bhavina Patel cruised to the women’s singles Class 3-5 para table tennis final and assured herself of a medal. The Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist thrashed England’s Sue Bailey 11-6 11-6 11-6 to set up a final date with Nigeria’s Christiana Ikpeoyi tomorrow. Sonalben Patel went down to Ikpeoyi 11-8 6-11 4-11 7-11. She will now face Bailey in the bronze medal match. agencies

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