WTT Contender: Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee Enter Spherical Of 16

Indian ladies paddlers Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee overcame higher-ranked opponents to maneuver into the last-16 stage on the World Desk Tennis Contender Championship in Panaji on Thursday.

The largest upset of the day was headlined by 20-year-old Korean teen Cho Daeseong, who ousted Chinese language world No. 1 in males’s singles Fan Zhendong.

Manika beat world No. 14 Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico 3-1. The scoreline learn 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8 within the Indian star’s favour.

Sutirtha, at the moment ranked 146, had within the morning session, bought the higher of world No. 18 Jia Nan Yuan of France 3-0. Sutirtha gained 11-7, 11-8, 11-7.

Whereas Manika will probably be up in opposition to world No. 20 Qian Tianyi of China, Sutirtha will face yet one more veteran Fu Yu, who’s ranked nineteenth within the ITTF charts.

An exhausted Manika, whose defensive chops have been too scorching to deal with for Adriana, mentioned after the match, “I’m actually completely happy that I gained at this time in opposition to Adriana Diaz.

“Let’s have a look at what occurs within the subsequent spherical. I’ve performed her (Qian Tianyi) earlier than and can have some methods in opposition to her. I am going to simply give my finest and I’ll simply play my finest sport tomorrow for my nation and for myself.”

Sutirtha, whose impeccable timing and energy on the forehand have been her power within the match, mentioned, “I really feel completely nice since I managed to beat a top-20 participant. Tomorrow, I will be taking part in in opposition to Fu Yu and I’m hoping that I’ll win in opposition to her as effectively.

“I had confronted Yuan beforehand additionally and had conceded the match by a detailed margin. This time I did not suppose a lot in regards to the rankings and simply went with the mindset to play freely, and that led me to this victory.”

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath went down of their quarter-final in opposition to Cheng-I Ching and Li Yu-Jhun of Chinese language Taipei. They gained the primary sport 11-8 however the Chinese language Taipei pair got here again to win the subsequent three 15-13, 11-9, 11-7.

India’s hopes in ladies’s doubles have been snuffed out fully when Swedes Linda Bergstrom and Christina Kallberg ousted Ayhika and Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-1 (11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 11-7). Japan and Korea are the opposite semi-finalists within the ladies’s doubles.

The boys’s doubles will probably be a straight battle between Japan and Korea as two of their pairs conflict with one another, in every of the 2 semi-finals.

Certainly one of them, Lim Jonghoon and Jang Woojin of Korea bought the higher of Indians Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6).

The Indian combined doubles pair of Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran made a quarter-final exit, happening to Miwa Harimoto and Shunsuke Togami of Japan in three straight video games 12-10, 11-6, 11-6).

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