Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova: Manika Batra was thrashed by Austria’s Sofia Polcanova in Round 3. Batra lost in straight games:- 11-8, 11-2, 11-5, and 11-7 in a match that lasted 27 minutes. A win would have put Batra in the Round of 16 but World No. 16 had no doubts and dominated the match throughout. Earlier today, Sutirtha Mukherjee was also knocked out in straight games by the Portuguese Yu Fu. Veteran Sharath Kamal will face the Chinese Ma Long in Round 3 on 27th July.
India star paddler Manika Batra bowed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 3 match against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday. Sofia Polcanova defeated Batra 4-0 as the match lasted just 27 minutes.
Batra and Polcanova did exchange some great points to start the match but it was Austrian who prevailed against Manika’s rally and took the first set 11-8. The second set was all Sofia from the start who cleverly neutralized Batra’s reverse spin and took the round in a blink of an eye. The 11-2 set lasted for just 4 minutes.
Batra’s lethal forearm continued to be missing in the third round against the Austrian’s stern defense as she again failed to put any fight and her opponent took the set 11-5.
In the next one, the Indian tried to delay the inevitable by playing some quality long rallies but the end result remained the same. Polcanova claimed the set 11-7 and marched into the next round.
Earlier, Sutirtha Mukherjee also crashed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 2 match against Portugal’s Fu Yu.
Meanwhile, Achanta Sharath Kamal progressed to Round 3 of the men’s singles event after defeating Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia. Kamal defeated Tiago 4-2 in Round 2 of the men’s singles event and the entire match lasted for 48 minutes.
Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova Stats
|Game/Match Statistics||Match||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Game 4|
|Longest rally (Strokes)||15||13||6||15||15|
|Points won on own serve||28||8||5||8||7||16||7||0||5||4|
|Points lost on own serve||6||1||2||0||3||16||3||6||3||4|
|Most consecutive points won||8||3||8||4||2||2||2||1||2||2|
|Greatest deficit overcome||2||2||–||2||–||–||–||–||–||–|
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova Game 4 live updates:
@1:31 PM: Sofia leads 10-7
@1:30 PM: Sofia leads 8-6
@1:29 PM: Sofia leads 7-5
@1:28 PM: Sofia leads 6-3
@1:27 PM: Sofia leads 4-3.
@1:26 PM: India takes a timeout. She needs to win all the games now.
@1:26 PM: Sofia leads 3-1
@1:25 PM: Sofia leads 2-0
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova Game 3 live updates:
@1:24 PM: Sofia wins 11-5, takes a 3-0 lead
@1:23 PM: Manika looks uncomfortable with her forehand, Sofia leads 10-5
@1:22 PM: Sofia leads 8-4
@1:21 PM: Sofia leads 7-4
@1:21 PM: Sofia leads 6-3
@1:20 PM: Sofia leads 4-3
@1:20 PM: Manika leads 3-2
@1:19 PM: Manika leads 2-0
@1:18 PM: Manika serves
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova Game 2 live updates:
@1:17 PM: One-sided game, Sofia wins 11-2, wins Game 2, takes 2-0 lead
@1:16 PM: 8 game points for Sofia, leads 10-2
@1:16 PM: Sofia gaining a huge lead, now leads 9-2
@1:15 PM: Sofia leads 5-2
@1:14 PM: Sofia leads 3-2
@1:13 PM: Sofia leads 1-0
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova Game 1 live updates:
@1:13 PM: Sofia Pocanova wins Game 1- 11-8
@1:11 PM: Sofia with 2 game points, leads 10-8
@1:11 PM: Sofia leads 9-8, good comeback by Manika
@1:10 PM: Sofia leads 9-6
@1:09 PM: Sofia leads 7-4
@1:08 PM: Sofia leads 5-3
@1:06 PM: Sofia leads 3-2 after the ball hits the net
@1:05 PM: Manika leads 2-1
@1:04 PM: Manika serves
@1:03 PM: Players have started the 2-minutes warm-up. Stay tuned for live updates.
@1:00 PM: Sovia Polcanova of Austria is ranked World No. 16. Manika is ranked 63rd but looking at the Indian’s form, there is little to choose between the two.
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) July 26, 2021
The stage is set as Manika Batra is ready to take on Sofia Polcanova for a place in the Round of 16.
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova live updates:
Tokyo Olympics Table-Tennis LIVE – After a disappointing mixed doubles performance, Batra has come into her during women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics.
She showed her prowess by clinching a comfortable 4-0 win over Britain’s Tin-Tin Ho in the first round, before facing a tough challenge in round two against world No. 32 Ukrainian Margaryta Pesotska. Batra dropped to 3-1 and was staring at an exit, before summoning her wits to clinch a scintillating come from behind win.
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 25, 2021
She clinched a stunning result, winning 4-3 (4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7) to march into the third round in Tokyo, an improvement from her opening-round exit at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Manika will now lock horns against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova, ranked 17th in the world. Polcanova will look to bounce back from her mixed doubles defeat, and Batra will look to catch her off-guard and clinch yet another upset.
Match Details: Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova in ROUND 3 of Table Tennis Women’s Singles
Time: 1:00 PM IST
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gym Table 1
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