Manika Batra stunned by 18-year-old Anannya Basak

Asian Games bronze medallist Manika Batra lost 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 to 18-year-old qualifier Anannya Basak in the first round of the National-ranking table tennis tournament (south zone) on Monday.

Anannya Basak shocked top-seeded Manik Batra in women's singles first round of National-ranking table tennis tournament in Vijayawada on Monday.   -  Special Arrangement

Top seed Manika Batra lost in the women’s first round of the 11Sports National-ranking table tennis tournament (south zone) here on Monday. Eighteen-year-old qualifier Anannya Basak, daughter of Kanchan and Arup Basak, knocked out the Commonwealth Games gold medallist 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 in a match that lasted 40 minutes.

The other big names to exit were fifth-seeded Krittwika Sinha Roy, seventh seed Ayhika Mukherjee and eighth seed Madhurika Patkar.

Strangely, World No. 56 Manika, who was the focus of all attention by virtue of her stature here, struggled to find her feet as Anannaya ran up a good lead and finished off the first game in just eight minutes.

The experienced Delhi player came back when she levelled by winning the second game However, Anannaya made the most of Manika’s net errors and sluggish approach to go 2-1 up. Manika, as is her wont, fought against a courageous Anannaya to level the scores.

But, it was the youngster from Mumbai who took the fourth on extended points before winning the fifth 11-8.

Important results: Women (first round): Anannya Basak bt Manika Batra 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8; Surabhi Patwari bt Madhurika Patkar 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9; Shanmathi Sathyan bt Krittwika Sinha Roy 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8; Maria Rony bt Ayhika Mukherjee 12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8; Divya Deshpande bt Vanishka Bhargava 3-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9; Sutir Mukherjee bt Eesha Joshi 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2.


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