Table Tennis: Manika Batra waltzes through to semifinal

Defeats Yihan Zhou of Singapore 11-5, 11-5, 11-2, 6-11, 11-4 in the women’s singles quarterfinal.

Manika Batra, who spearheaded India’s women’s team campaign, continued her fine run on Thursday.   -  Getty Images

India’s No. 1 Manika Batra continued her good run as she stormed into the women’s singles semifinals in the XXI Commonwealth Games at the Carrara sports arena here on Thursday.

Batra defeated Yihan Zhou of Singapore 11-5, 11-5, 11-2, 6-11, 11-4 in the quarterfinals in a contest similar to the clash between the two in the team event final. Compatriot Mouma Das, however, fell at the same stage, losing to another Singaporean Yu Mengyu 13-15, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5.

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In men’s singles, all three Indians — Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran — are now through to the quarterfinals to be played on Friday.

The results
  • Men’s singles (pre-quarterfinals): Sharath Kamal bt Heming Hu (AUS) 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5; Harmeet Desai bt Chee Feng Leong (MAS) 11-5,11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4; Sathiyan Gnanasekaran bt Segun Teriolo (NIG) 11-7 (retired).
  • Doubles (men): Sharath/Sathiyan bt Jayasingha Mudiyanselage/Imesh Ramasingha (SL), 11-3, 11-4, 12-10; Harmeet/Sanil Shankar Shetty bt Paul McCreery/Ashley Robinson (NRI) 11-4, 12-10, 11-9.
  • Women’s singles (quarterfinals): Manika Batra bt Yihan Zhou (SGP) 11-5, 11-6, 11-2, 4-11, 11-7; Mouma Das lost to Yu Mengyu (SGP) 13-15, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 5-11.
  • Pre-quarterfinals (women): Manika bt Tracy Feng (AUS) 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7; Mouma bt Tin-Tin Ho (Eng) 11-7, 7-11, 9-11,11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8; Madhurika Patkar lost to Kelly Sibley (Eng) 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 3-11, 11-8, 6-11.
  • Women’s Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sutirtha Mukerjee/Pooja Saharsrabudhe bt Chole Thomas/Charlotte Carey (WAL), 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6; Manika/Mouma bt Ishara Madurangi/Hansani Kapugeekiyana (SL), 11-4, 11-4, 11-1.
  • Mixed doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sanil/Madhurika bt Eldie Wan Kua/Rhikesh Tancoory (NRI) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6; Sharath/Mouma bt David McBeath/Kelly Sibley (Eng) 11-5, 11-5, 11-1; Sathiyan/Manika bt Marco Medjugorac/Alicia Cote (CAN) 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4.