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World TT Championships Finals: Sathiyan, Ayhika Transfer to Subsequent Spherical; Manika, Sharath Bow Out

India paddlers Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Ayhika Mukherjee superior to the following spherical whereas the likes of Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal crashed out of the event on the opening day of the 2021 World Desk Tennis Championships Finals, right here.

Tokyo Olympian G Sathiyan beat Ukraine’s Yaroslav Zhmudenko 4-0 (11-2, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3) within the males’s singles spherical of 128 on Tuesday to arrange a conflict towards Desk Tennis Federation of Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko within the spherical of 64.

Nevertheless, the remaining three Indian males’s singles gamers – Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj and Harmeet Desai, misplaced their respective first spherical matches.

The four-time Olympian misplaced to Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck 1-4 (11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 7-11, Sep 11) whereas Harmeet Desai was blanked 4-0 (Sep 11, 7-11, 7-11, 4-11) by German participant Benedikt Duda.

In the meantime, 35-year-old Amalraj went right down to Nigeria’s 41 years outdated Bode Abiodun 3-4 (6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, Sep 11, 6-11) in a contest of veterans.

Within the girls’s singles, each of India’s Tokyo Olympians – Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee had disappointing outings.

Batra, India’s best-ranked girls’s participant, went down 3-4 (11-5, 15-13, 8-11, 4-11, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11) to Brazilian teen Bruna Takahashi. However, Sutirtha Mukherjee misplaced 1-4 (11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 0-11, 4-11) to South Korea’s Choi Hyo-joo.

India’s Madhurika Patkar additionally fell to Japan’s Saki Shibata 0-4 (7-11, 4-11, 3-11, 8-11).

Teen Ayhika Mukherjee emerged as India’s solely victor within the girls’s singles as she beat Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz 4-2 (11-7, 14-16, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6). Ayhika will now face opponent Japan’s Hina Hayata, the present world No 18 within the spherical of 64.

In blended doubles, Sharath Kamal and Archana Kamath beat the Algerian pair of Sami Kherouf and Katia Kessaci 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-7). The opposite Indian blended doubles crew comprising Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra acquired a bye within the spherical of 64.

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