TT Star player Manika Batra lost in Singapore Smash, lost in women’s and mixed doubles
Singapore. India’s challenge at the Singapore Smash table tennis tournament came to an end with Manika Batra losing both the women’s and mixed doubles events here on Tuesday. Manika and G Sathiyan went down in the mixed doubles quarterfinals against Japan’s World Championships silver medalist pair of Hina Hayata and Tomokazu Harimoto.
The sixth seeded pair of Manika and Sathiyan went down 2-3 (9-11 9-11 11-8 11-5 7-11) against their fourth seeded opponents in the last eight in 52 minutes. Manika and Sathiyan had defeated the Singaporean pair of Jian Zheng and Chiu Zhi Yue Clarence 3-1 (11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3) in the pre-quarterfinals. The Indian pair got a bye in the first round of the mixed doubles.
In women’s doubles, Manika and Archana Kamat lost 2-3 (2-11 6-11 15-13 12-10 6-11) to Chinese pair of Meng Chen and Yidi Wang in a hard-fought last 16 match that lasted 42 minutes. had to face. Earlier, Manika, Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal suffered first round defeats in their singles matches. In the men’s doubles, the pair of Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar also crashed out in the first round.