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Manika, Sreeja and Archana enter pre-quarters of WTT Star Contender

Updated on: 27 January,2024 01:01 PM IST  |  (Mapusa) Goa
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The tournament is co-hosted by Stupa Sports Analytics and Ultimate Table Tennis under the guidance of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI)

Manika, Sreeja and Archana enter pre-quarters of WTT Star Contender

Manika Batra. Pic/AFP

Indian paddlers Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula and Archana Kamath pulled off stunning victories to reach the women's singles pre-quarterfinals of the WTT Star Contender Goa 2024 on Saturday. Star Indian paddler Batra, who's ranked 38 in the world, looked in complete control of the match from the start as she won the contest 3-1 (11-6 9-11 11-9 11-7) comfortably against South Korea's Suh Hyo Won.


The 25-year-old from Hyderabad, Akula also continued her brilliant form and showcased sublime shots on both sides of the table to shock world No. 30 Hana Goda of Egypt 3-0 (11-8 11-6 14-12) in straight games to progress further in the WTT Star Contender Goa 2024. Earlier, Kamath registered a thrilling win over Portugal's world No. 53 Jieni Shao. The 23-year-old from Bengaluru, who is currently ranked 134 in the world, had a slow start to the round-of-32 match as she lost the first game against the higher-ranked and experienced opponent Jieni. However, Kamath made a remarkable comeback, winning the next two games before clinching the match 3-2 (9-11 11-5 11-5 8-11 11-5). On the other hand, Yashaswini Ghorpade faced a 0-3 (1-11 5-11 5-11) defeat to world No. 13 Monaco's Xiaoxin Yang in the women's singles last-32 match.


The tournament is co-hosted by Stupa Sports Analytics and Ultimate Table Tennis under the guidance of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). The top-2 seeds in the men's singles category, world No. 7 Hugo Calderano and world No. 8 France's Felix Lebrun lived up to the expectations and progressed into the round-of-16 with comfortable wins over Kang Dongsoo (11-8 11-8 11-3) and Park Gyuhyeon (11-6 13-11 18-16) respectively. France's Prithika Pavade registered a come-from-behind 3-2 win (9-11 9-11 12-10 11-7 11-3) against Ryu Hanna in the round-of-32 of the women's singles category, while world No. 8 Shin Yubin of South Korea defeated compatriot Choi Hyojoo 3-2 (11-5 7-11 12-10 3-11 11-4) in a thriller.


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Meanwhile, the Indian pair of Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah exited the tournament after facing a 1-3 (7-11 11-7 8-11 9-11) defeat against Kao Cheng-jui and Chuang Chih-yuan of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles category. In the last-8 of the women's doubles category, South Korea's Shin Yubin and Eon Jihee beat Sayali Wani and Taneesha Kotecha 3-0 (11-2 12-10 11-2) whereas the pair of Diya Chitale and Akula faced a 0-3 (9-11 8-11 8-11) defeat against Cheng I-ching and Li Yu-jhun of Chinese Taipei. Manush and Diya fought hard in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles category before going down 2-3 (5-11 11-6 14-12 8-11 6-11) to the Spanish pair of Alvaro Robles and Maria Xiao. The semi-finals and finals are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

(With agency inputs)

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