CWG 2022: Manika Batra and Sreeja Akula through to quarterfinals women’s singles table tennis

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Indian table tennis star Manika Batra has advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles category after beating Australia’s Minhyung Jee in her round of 16 match at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday.

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Batra was at her best in her 4-0 win. She won the match against her Australian opponent 11-4, 11-8. 11-6, 12-10. Minhyung was absolutely blown away by her opponent’s great stroke play and agility as she barely got a lead over Batra. In today’s quarterfinal, Batra will face Singapore’s Zeng Jian.

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Sreeja Akula also advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles category after beating Charlotte Carey of Wales in her round of 16 match. The game was hard-fought with the Indians winning 4-3. Akula won the match by a margin of 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 9-11, 11-4, 15-13, 12-10.

Akula didn’t start well as she lost the first game. She made a comeback with a win in second, but lost the next two and trailed 1-3. However, she made it 3-3 by winning her next two matches and also making it to the final to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

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On the other hand, Reeth Tennison lost her pre-quarters match against Singapore’s Tianwei Fang and crashed out of the race for a medal in the women’s singles. She lost the match 1-4 by a margin of 2-11, 4-11, 11-9, 3-11, 4-11.