The team, led by star paddler Manika, could not sweat it out against both as they inflicted extensive defeats to both South Africa and Fiji.
Manika won her singles match in straight games against Musfikuh Kalam, Reeth Tennyson, while Sreeja Akula defeated Danisha Patel to seal a comprehensive 3–0 win for the favourites.
Reeth and Sreeja defeated South African pair of Laita Edwards and Danish Jaywant Patel 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. Reeth and Sreeja took an early lead in a best-of-five match in three matches each and didn’t give their lower-order opponents many chances.
Manika Batra was at the table for the first singles game and beat her rival Musfikuh Kalam well, allowing them to win only 10 points combined in three games, leading to an 11-5, 11-3, doubles win in the doubles. Won 11-2. quick time.
Sreeja made it to the table for the second singles and defeated Danish Patel 3–0 (11–5, 11–3, 11–6) to lead India to a best of five match in Group 2, which included Guyana and Fiji South Africa. Apart from this, there are other opponents of India.
Later in the afternoon, Manika beat Fiji’s Lee Caroline 11-2, 11-4, 11-2, while Sreeja defeated Grace Rosie Yi 11-7, 11-1, 11-2 in a one-sided contest. and registered an impressive victory. Partnering with Dia Parag Chitale in the opening doubles match for India, she beat Toys Titana and Grace Rosie Yee 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 to register a 3-0 best-of-five win.
Though his opponents were not that strong, Manika Batra said that they got stronger as they wanted to find their momentum quickly.
“It wasn’t too tough, we went to do our best to prepare for the next round,” Manika said after the match against South Africa.
The top-seeded Indian female player is the star attraction of the table tennis competition after winning gold medals in the team and women’s singles event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. However, Manika said that she did not feel any pressure from the heightened expectations after her gold. Coast hero.
“I always go into a tournament thinking it’s a new tournament and whatever happened in the last one doesn’t affect it. The pressure will always be there, after all, I’m a player. But I try to look ahead.” I do it and keep my focus,” Manika said after the match.
She said that they have a young team as others are playing in their first Commonwealth Games and she tries to talk to them and share their experiences so that they can learn from them.
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