JAPAN. Tokyo: Sensational Indian paddler Manika Batra reached Round 3 of the women’s singles event after defeating Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Batra defeated Margaryta 4-3 in Round 2 of the women’s singles event and progressed to Round 3. The entire match lasted for 57 minutes. At the beginning of Round 1, Margaryta tried to dominate and put pressure on Batra. Margaryta displayed her class in the following Round 1 and won it 11-4. The Ukrainian needed just two more wins to progress to the next round.
However, Batra bounced back and made a solid comeback in the third and fourth round bringing the match into an exciting position. The match went back and forth, and as a result, the match was evenly poised at 3-3 and it went into the decider.
Batra dominated the final game and eventually won the match. Meanwhile, India paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran bowed out of the men’s singles event after losing to Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang.
G Sathiyan suffered an upset defeat at the hands of lower-ranked Siu Hang Lam to make an early exit from the men’s singles competition.
Sathiyan, the world No. 26, took three of the first four sets before losing the next three to crash out 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, and 6-11 to Hang, ranked 95th in the world.