WTT Contender Muscat: Manav-Archana lose in final, win silver

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath won silver, while the women's doubles duo of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee progressed into the finals of the WTT Contender Muscat 2022 on Friday.

Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath

Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath lost to the Chinese duo of Wang Chuqin and Chen Xingtong in the mixed doubles final. (File Image)   -  Biswaranjan Rout

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath lost to the Chinese pair of Chuqin Wang and Chen Xingtong 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 in the final of the WTT Contender Muscat here on Friday.

However, there was some good news for India as the unseeded women's pair of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee entered the summit clash. The duo defeated its Indian counterpart of S. Selena Deepthi and Akula Sreeja 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 in the semifinals. Sutirtha-Ayhika will take on Rui Zhang and Kuai Man of China on Saturday.

Earlier, India's top woman paddler Manika Batra went down tamely 9-11, 4-11, 3-11 to Kuai Man of China, ranked 238 places below the Indian at 287, in the women's singles quarterfinals.

The results:
Women: Singles: (quarterfinals): Kuai Man (Chn) bt Manika Batra 11-9, 11-4, 11-3; Doubles (semifinals): Sutirtha Mukherjee & Ayhika Mukherjee bt S. Selena Deepthi & Akula Sreeja bt S. Selena Deepthi & Akula Sreeja 11-4, 11-6, 12-10

Mixed doubles: (final): Chuqin Wang & Chen Xingtong (Chn) bt Manav Thakkar & Archana Kamath 11-3, 11-3, 11-6; (semifinals): Manav & Archana bt Nandor Ecseki & Leila Imre (Hun) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5.

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