October 17, 2021



Manika Batra, G Sathiyan win mixed doubles title at WTT Contender Budapest

India’s rising pair of G Sathiyan and Manika Batra defeated home top picks Nandor Ecseki and Dora Madarasz 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 to secure the blended copies title at World Table Tennis Tour Contender Budapest 2021 on Friday.

Sathiyan and Manika had raged into the last with a 11-6,11-5,11-4 success over Aleksandr Khanin and Daria Trigolos of Belarus. The Indian pair dazed the World No. 7 and top cultivated team of Barbora Balazova and Lubomir Pistej from Slovakia 11-4, 3-11 , 6-11 , 11-6 , 11-9 in the quarterfinals and to enter pre-quarters, they improved of countrymen Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath 3-0.

It was an essential success for Manika and Sathiyan, who don’t play a ton of combined copies as one. Sathiyan and Manika started their excursion at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. Manika additionally matched with veteran Sharath Kamal at Jakarta Asian Games around the same time. In the two events, India had won bronze. Manika went to the as of late finished up Tokyo2020 Olympic Games with Sharath yet returned without a medal.Manika and Sathiyan have now collaborated again following three years with 2024 Paris Olympic Games and the following year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games at the top of the priority list.

In the ladies’ singles elimination rounds, Manika, cultivated 6th and World No. 60, was expelled by European youth boss of Russia Elizabet Abraamian, 12-10, 11-9, 12-10, 10-8 . The highest level Indian beat Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 to enter the quarterfinals where she crushed comrade Sreeja Akula 7-11, 11-1, 8-11, 13-11,11-6.

In pre-quarterfinals, Sreeja, positioned 150th on the planet, posted 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 win over World No. 53 Barbora. In the interim, Archana Kamath, another Indian in the fight, bowed out to Russia’s Mariia Tailakova 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.

In the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals, World No. 39 Sathiyan saw an early leave when he lost to World No. 102 Niagol Stoyanov of Italy 12-10, 11-7, 12-10, 19-17.

In the men’s copies, Manav and Harmeet Desai arrived at elimination rounds subsequent to overcoming has Erik Huzsvar and David Szantosi 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8. The Russian pair of Vladimir Sidorenko and Kirill Skachkov crushed the Indians 11-0, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6 to arrive at highest point conflict.