Manika Batra’s run on the World Singles Olympic Qualification Match got here to an finish after she suffered a 1-Four defeat to Monaco’s Xiaoxin Yang within the girls’s singles knockout stage-I semi-final match right here on Monday.
Regardless of shedding the primary two video games, world quantity 63 Batra held her nerve and tried a comeback by successful the third recreation. Nevertheless, her higher-ranked opponent Yang, world quantity 44, did not let the momentum slip and wrapped up the tie 11-9, 11-Four, Eight-11, 11-Four, 11-9.
Within the quarter-finals performed late on Sunday, Batra thrashed Uzbekistan’s Rimma Gufranova 12-10, 11-Three, 11-6, 11-Four. The opposite Indian within the fray, Sutirtha Mukherjee misplaced to Russian Polina Mikhailova 12-10, 7-11, Eight-11, 11-Eight, 10-12, 5-11 in an exciting match.
Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan had made exits after struggling losses of their respective males’s singles second spherical matches on Sunday.
The Indian paddlers will now shift their focus to Asian Olympic Qualification Match, which is scheduled from March 18-20 in Doha.
Sharath and Sathiyan shall be in motion within the males’s singles whereas Batra and Mukherjee will play within the girls’s singles. Within the combined doubles class, Sharath and Batra will look to seal an Olympic berth.