Tokyo Olympics: Indian paddler Manika Batra through to second round

Tokyo: Indian paddler Manika Batra made it to the second round of women’s singles table tennis at the Tokyo Olympics with a straight-sets win over Great Britain’s Tin-Tin Ho at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Following the 4-0 win, Manika will now face Ukraine’s 20th seed Margaryta Pesotska.

Manika had a slow start against Tin-Tin, ranked 94th in the world. But she found her rhythm quickly to take the first game 11-7. Manika had a smooth run for a 2-0 lead by winning the second game 11-6.

After trailing the paddler from Great Britain for much of the third game, Manika crossed the finish line with 12-10 for a 3-0 lead. She sealed the match with 11-9 in the fourth game.

It was an easy win for Batra, who had earlier made an exit from the round of 16 in the mixed doubles event pairing Sharath Kamal. The duo lost in straight sets 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu-Ju and Cheng I-Cheng after leading 5-1 and 5-3 in the first two games.


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