Indian women paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee, ranked 502 in the world rankings, clinched a first-round win against the World No. 58 Sabine Winter of Germany at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
She defeated with her stunning play with game score 4-3 (8-11, 17-15, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6).
Indian qualifier Manika Batra also established a clear and easy first-round outing against Andrea Todorovic of Serbia with scores 14-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, in the round of 64.
The other two Indian women qualifiers – Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar are no longer a part of the women’s singles race after making it to the main draw (of 128).
In the men’s category, India’s top men paddlers, A. Sharath Kamal, and G. Sathiyan made it to the second round of men’s singles, after sealing a win over Zokhid Kenjaev of Uzbekistan and Belgium’s Robin Devos respectively.
On the other hand, Manav Thakkar could not qualify for the second round but gave a tough fight to the World No.48 Robert Gados of Austria. The tough seven games led to a final game score 4-3 (11-13, 11-6, 8-11, 3-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-6).
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In Women’s doubles, Manika paired with Archana Kamath beat Konstantina Paridi and Aikaterini Toliou of Greece 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 and qualified for the women doubles round of 32. In the next round, they’ll face Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato.
On the other hand, the second Indian pair of Madhurika Patkar and Sutirtha lost to the Canadian-Spanish pair of Mo Zhang and Maria Xiao 2-11, 11-6, 13-15, 8-11, 8-11.
In other doubles events, only the mixed pair of G. Sathiyan and Archana Kamath qualified for the pre-quarterfinals, beating Spaniards Alvaro Robles and Galia Dvorak 11-9, 11-4, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9. They will play against Lee Sangsu and Jihee Jeon of South Korea on Wednesday.
However, the duo of Manika and Sharath exited in round 64 after losing out to the Polish pair of Natalia Bajor and Marek Borowski 14-12, 6-11, 5-11, 6-11, 3-11.
In the men’s category, both Indian pairs Sharath and Sathiyan, Amalraj and Manav could not enter the second round. While Sharath and Sathiyan lost out to Nima Alamian and Noshad Alamiyan of Iran by 4-2, Amalraj and Manav failed to overcome Singapore’s Clarence Zhe Yu Chew and Ethan Shao Feng Poh and lost 4-1.