WTT Contender: Manika Batra moves into semis

The world number 36, Manika toiled hard for 41 minutes before getting the better of Hyojoo 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 5-11, 11-7, in the women’s singles quarterfinal at Lusail Sports Arena.

FILE PHOTO: Manika Batra in action during the National Games.

FILE PHOTO: Manika Batra in action during the National Games. | Photo Credit: AM FARUQUI

The world number 36, Manika toiled hard for 41 minutes before getting the better of Hyojoo 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 5-11, 11-7, in the women’s singles quarterfinal at Lusail Sports Arena.

Star India paddler Manika Batra advanced to the WTT Contender semifinals after eking out a 3-2 win over Korea’s Choi Hyojoo on Friday.

The world number 36 toiled hard for 41 minutes before getting the better of Hyojoo 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 5-11, 11-7, in the women’s singles quarterfinal at Lusail Sports Arena.

After taking a 2-0 lead, Manika surrendered the next two games tamely before holding her nerve to win the fifth game and seal a last-four spot.

She will face world number 24 China’s Zhang Rui for a place in the final later on Friday night.

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