Indian Table tennis stars Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sreeja Akula and Manika Batra qualified for the singles events of the Durban World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) Finals. They outsmarted their strong opponents in their respective Round-of-16 matches of the Asian WTTC Continental Stage 2023 tournament.
Sreeja, beat world No. 21 Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu by 4-3 (11-2, 5-11, 2-11, 5-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-8) to qualify for the WTTC Finals, scheduled to commence on May 20.
The top-ranked Indian TT player, Manika Batra beat Zhu Chengzhu of Hong Kong 13-11, 11-9, 11-6, and 11-8 in the pre-quarterfinals to seal her spot. On the other hand, world No. 47 Sharath Kamal outsmarted Iran’s Ahmadian Amin 13-11, 11-3, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 to book a berth in the prestigious event.
Manika and G. Sathiyan also booked their place in the mixed doubles event of the WTTC Finals. The duo of Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal also made it to the WTTC Finals after defeating Qatari pair Mohammed Abdulwahab and Khalil Al-Mohannandi by 11-5, 11-0, 11-9, 11-8 in the men’s doubles positions matches.
Sreeja from Hyderabad fought intensely to take a big step before shutting out her Chinese-Taipei opponent in the last 2 games.
Unfortunately, G. Sathiyan failed to make the grade in singles for the WTTC Finals. However, he can still qualify based on his world ranking.
According to the WTTC Finals format, the Asian WTTC Continental Stage 2023 tournament provides 25 slots in men’s singles, 28 in women’s singles, 14 berths in men’s doubles, 12 in women’s doubles, and eight in mixed doubles. But only four women and men entries per country are allowed in the WTTC Finals.
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