TT World Team Qualification: Indian women's team fails to book Tokyo berth

The Indian women's team lost 3-2 to 24th-ranked France in the first playoff match in the World Team Qualification tournament.

Manika Batra

Manika Batra lost to Marie Migot of France in the women's team playoffs.   -  AFP

India’s chances of securing a women’s team slot in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo ended after 24th-ranked France handed out a 3-2 defeat in the first playoff match in the World Team Qualification tournament here on Saturday.

India, ranked 23rd, was humbled mainly due to two stellar performances
from 195th-ranked Marie Migot. In her first singles, she brought down 61st-ranked Manika Batra and then returned in the tie-decider to beat 121st-ranked Ayhika Mukherjee.

Indian men take on Czech Republic in the first playoff match late on Saturday.

The results

Women playoffs: France bt India 3-2 (Stephanie Loeuillette and Yuan
Jian Nan lost to Ayhika Mukherjee and Sutirtha Mukherjee 7-11, 11-6,
12-10, 4-11, 8-11; Marie Migot bt Manika Batra 11-7, 3-11, 11-9, 3-11,
11-7; Yuan Jia Nan bt Sutirtha 11-7, 11-8, 11-6; Stephanie Loeuillette
lost to Manika 7-11, 10-12, 4-11; Marie bt Ayhika 6-11, 11-8, 5-11,
11-9, 11-9).

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