India’s top Women’s paddler Manika Batra made it to the Main event of the Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles at the ITTF World Tour Platinum Liebherr Austrian Open, while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran made it to the Men's singles Main.
Double Delight for Manika
In the Women’s Doubles she paired up with youth Olympian Archana Girish Kamath, and the pair made an impressive comeback after trailing 3-11, 8-11 in the first two games to dominate the next three games with a score line of 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 and booked their place in the Women’s Doubles Round of 16. The Indian pair will next face the Czechoslovakian pair of Barbora Balazova and Hana Matelova, who are highly ranked than the Indians.
In the Mixed Doubles, Manika Batra paired up with veteran Sharath Kamal Achanta to breeze past their French opponents Andrea Landrieu and Marie Migot in straight games 11-7, 11-3, 12-10.
Shock exit in Singles
The World No. 53 Women’s singles player, Manika, was earlier shown exit doors in the qualification Round 1 of Women’s singles where she lost out to Shiho Matsudaira of Japan 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 7-11. The exit came as a shock as the Indian lost out to Japanese who is ranked 338 in the world.
Sathiyan stuns World No. 17
In the Men’s singles Gnanasekaran Sathiyan made it to the Main event of the Men’s Singles after 3 successive qualifications round wins.
In the first qualification match he got past his Chinese counterpart Wang Chuqin 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7, 18-16, while in the 2nd match he steamrolled his Slovakian opponent Lubomir Pistej 13-11, 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 in straight games.
In the last qualification match he shocked the World no. 17 Sanguen Jeong of South Korea in a memorable comeback to win it 6-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6. Gnanasekaran is ranked 35 in the world.
Other Indians including Anthony Amalraj, Sharath Kamal, Madhurika Patkar bowed out of their respective events.
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