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Manika Batra advances to the quarterfinals of the Asian Games but Sharath and Sathiyan lose

<p>Gold medalist from the Commonwealth Games Manika Batra advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals, while seasoned players Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost in the pre-quarterfinals in the Asian Games table tennis tournament on Friday.</p>
<p>In the men’s singles, Chih-Yuan Chuang of Chinese Taipei outdueled Sharath valiantly but ultimately won 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 6-11, and 11-8.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-211856″ src=”” alt=” aishwary singh tomar wins silver in the asian games 2023 breaking swapnils heart i” width=”1138″ height=”637″ srcset=” 300w,×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1138px) 100vw, 1138px” title=”Manika Batra advances to the quarterfinals of the Asian Games but Sharath and Sathiyan lose 3″></p>
<p>Sharath had rallied from a two-game deficit to tie the match at three, but he was unable to maintain his cool in the decisive game.</p>
<p>Chiquin Wang of China defeated G Sathiyan earlier, losing 3-11, 3-11, 6-11, and 3-11.</p>
<p>The women’s doubles competition saw a mixed day for India as well.</p>
<p>Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee defeated Thailand’s Jinnipa and Wanwisa by scores of 11-8, 11-7, and 11-4 to go to the quarterfinals.</p>
<p>However, fifth-seeded Miwa Harimoto and Miyuu Kihara from Japan defeated Sreeja Akula and Diya Chitale 11-3, 11-5, and 11-8.</p>
<p>Manika, though, gave India in the morning session something to rejoice about with a courageous victory.</p>
<p>Suthasini Sawettabut of Thailand was narrowly beaten by Manika 4-2 (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6) to advance to the quarterfinals.</p>
<p>Manika, who won the mixed doubles bronze medal at the Jakarta Asian Games, will take against Chinese world No. 3 Yidi Wang on Saturday.</p>
<p>She has already lost in the mixed and women’s team events, so this is her last opportunity to bring home a medal from these Games.</p>
<p>Izaac Quek Yong and Yew En Koen Pang were defeated by Manav Vikash Thakkar and Manush Utpalbhai Shah of India 3-2 (3-11, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11) in the men’s round of 16.</p>
<p>Next, Woojin Jang and Lim Jong-hoon of Korea will square off against Manav and Manush.</p>
<p>However, the Chinese team of Chuqin Wang and Fan Zhendong defeated the other Indian team of Sharath and Sathiyan, losing 0-3 (5-11, 4-11, 7-11).</p>

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