India paddler Manika Batra
The Indian women*s team comprsing Sreeja Akula and company prevailed over Egypt 3-1 after a heartbreakingly close defeat against Germany to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championship here on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Indian men*s team, led by seasoned campaigner G Sathiyan, kept their hopes alive of a knock-out stage berth, beating Kazakhstan 3-2 in a closely fought group league encounter. In the women*s event, Commonwealth Games mixed doubles gold medallist Sreeja Akula won the first and fourth rubbers to clinch a place for India in the knock-out stages.
After a poor outing against Germany, Manika Batra won the second rubber while Diya Chitale ended second best against her opponent. Sreeja beat Goda Han 11-6-11-4, 11-1 and Dina Mishref 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6 while Manika struggled past Dina 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8 in five games to help India win the match. The men*s team now needs to beat France to finish on top of Group 2.
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