Monday, November 28, 2022

Manika upsets World No. 7 Chinese, Sathiyan exits

Ace Indian paddler Manika Batra shocked World No. 7 Chen Xingtong in a round of 16 cliffhanger but compatriot G Sathiyan lost his men’s single pre-quarterfinals at the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup here on Thursday. In the round of 16 match-ups on the opening day, World No.44 Manika, who is unseeded in the event, came up with a fantastic showing to beat the third seeded Chinese 4-3. The final scoreline in the edge-of-the-seat thriller was 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9 in the Indian’s favour with the Thai crowd extending its full-throated support.
Manika will clash with world No. 23 Chen Szu Yu from Taipei in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Earlier, G. Sathiyan, the top-ranked Indian in the world at No. 39, did everything right before going down 3-4 to the fifth-seed Japanese Yukiya Uda in the pre-quarterfinals.

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