Ace Indian paddler Manika Batra reached the women’s singles quarterfinals at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. She beat her Australian opponent Jee Minhyung 11-4, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10 to secure a place in the final eight. The 27-year-old will face Singapore’s Jian Zeng in the last eight-clash later on Friday.
Meanwhile, Sreeja Akula also entered the women’s singles quarterfinals as she got the better of Wales’ Charlotte Carey in the Round of 16 clash. While it was a much more closely fought match, the Indian defeated Carey 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-4, 15-13, 12-10. Sreeja will next face Canada’s Mo Zhang in the quarter-final later in the day.
Similary, Sreeja and her partner Achanta Sharath Kamal secured a place in the semifinal in the mixed doubles category. The Indian duo had to fight hard for their win but managed to beat Malaysia’s Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 in the Round of 16 clash before defeating England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 3 games to 2 to reach the semis.
Batra and her mixed doubles partner Sathiyan Gnanasekaran however failed to reach the semis.
As far as the para table tennis is concerned, Tokyo Paralympics medallist Bhavina Patel confirmed another medal for India as she reached the final of the women`s singles category. She beat Sue Bailey of England in the semifinal. Raj Aravindan and Sonalben Patel too ignited hopes of a medal but bowed out after facing defeats in the semifinal fixtures.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal reached pre-quarterfinals in the men’s singles categories by winning respective games 4-0. While Gnanasekaran defeated Paul McCreery, 40-year-old Sharath Kamal defeated 17-year-old Finn Luu of Australia to reach the pre-quarterfinals at CWG 2022.