WTT Contender: Manika Batra, Archana Kamath & Sreeja Akula record tough wins to enter round of 16 at Budapest: India’s table tennis star Manika Batra and compatriots Archana Kamath and Sreeja Akula recorded tough victories to enter the round of 16 at the WTT Contender here on Tuesday.
All Indian players were stretched to the fifth and deciding game.
While 60th-ranked, Batra defeated 115-ranked Sabine Winter of Germany 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 13-15, 11-5; world number 134 Kamath upset 58th-ranked Yana Noskova of Russia 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-9 in a gruelling affair.
WTT Contender: Manika Batra, Archana Kamath & Sreeja Akula record tough wins to enter round of 16 at Budapest
Qualifier Sreeja Akula, ranked 150th, played her heart out against Swedish defender Linda Bergstorm, ranked 78th, to win 11-8, 6-11, 14-12, 2-11, 11-7.
India’s Reeth Tennison, however, went down fighting against Hungary’s Szandra Pergel in her round of 32 match. It was a commendable effort from the 584th-ranked Indian against her 76th-ranked opponent after qualifying for the main draw.