World Table Tennis Contender: Manika Batra in singles quarters and doubles semis

Manika Batra stormed into the women's singles quarterfinal and then partnered Archana Kamath to make it to the women's doubles semifinal at the World Table Tennis Contender in Lasko.

In a women's doubles quarterfinal contest, Manika Batra and Archana Kamath edged out Lucie Gauthier and Audrey Zarif of France 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6. (File Photo)   -  REUTERS

Manika Batra entered the women's singles quarterfinal of the World Table Tennis Contender Lasko here on Friday with an 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4 victory over Daria Trigolos of Belarus. However, G. Sathiyan lost to Sweden's Jon Persson 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 10-12 in the men's pre-quarterfinal.

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Two Indian pairs, one in women's doubles and one in mixed doubles, made it to the semifinals. In a women's doubles quarterfinal contest, Manika Batra and Archana Kamath edged out Lucie Gauthier and Audrey Zarif of France 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 and in mixed doubles last-eight clash, Archana partnered Manav Thakkar to outwit the Aussie pair of Qian Yang and Dillon Chambers 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

RESULTS

Women's: Doubles (Quarterfinals):
Manika Batra & Archana Kamath bt Lucie Gauthier & Audrey Zarif (Fra) 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6.

Mixed Doubles (Quarterfinals): Manav Thakkar & Archana Kamath bt Dillon Chambers & Qian Yang (Aus) 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

Men's: Singles (round of 32): G. Sathiyan bt Alberto Mino (Ecu) 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9; Yuto Kizukuri (Jpn) bt Sharath Kamal 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2; doubles (rd of 16): Robin Devos & Florent Lambiet (Bel) bt S. Snehit & Jeet Chandra 11-4, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8; Vincent Picard & Bastian Rembert (Fra) bt Sharath Kamal & Manav Thakkar 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.

Women's: Singles (round of 32):
Manika Batra bt Tatiana Kukulkova (Svk) 11-8, 11-4, 15-17, 6-11, 15-13; Barbora Balazova (Svk) bt Archana Kamath 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 14-12; Yana Naskova (Rus) bt Sreeja Akula 11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 2-11, 11-9; Doubles (rd. of 16): Archana Kamath-Manika Batra bt Elizabet Abraamian & Yana Naskova (Rus) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4.

Mixed doubles (round of 16):
Wang Chuqin & Wang Yidi (Chn) bt G. Sathiyan & Manika Batra 14-12, 11-0, 11-6.
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