CWG 2022: Manika loses to lower-ranked player as India dropped from women’s team TT

The Indian team had three young players apart from veteran Manika Batra, the country’s highest-ranked female table tennis player, who fought hard against the Malaysian in a match played at Court 1 at the NEC Table Tennis Show on Saturday. Indecently, the Indians won the gold medal in 2018 after beating Malaysia 3-0.

On Saturday, India got off to a negative start as the doubles pair of Reeth Tennyson and Sreeja Akula lost 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11 to Malaysia’s Karen Lin and Lee Sian Alice Chang.

Manika, ranked 41st in the world, pulled up India’s level, though she struggled to secure a narrow 3–2 win against Malaysia’s 556th-ranked Ho Ying, 11–3, the fifth game for 11. Stumbled to lose the advantage of two games before winning. -5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3 win. The Indian star looked to be losing focus after taking a 2-0 lead and went on to win the next two games before losing. Four years ago, Manika had defeated the same player 3-0.

Sreeja then beat the Malaysian 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to give India a 2-1 lead in the second straight game against Lee Sian Alika Chang. However, a major setback for India came when it looked like Manika would win her match against Karen Lynn and take India to the semi-finals, losing in straight games to her lower-ranked Malaysian rival, 6-11, Lost 3–11, 8–11 as the scores were level 2–2.

It all came down to Reeth Tennyson to win the match in the fifth round against Ho Ying, but the 26-year-old went down 3-2 in the decider as India crashed in dramatic fashion. Reith won the first game 12-10 but fell 8-11 in the second. They won the third game 6–11 but the Malaysians fought once again, winning the fourth game 11–9. Reeth fought brilliantly in the fifth and deciding game, but India’s campaign ended in a disappointing 9-11 loss.

Indian players will now get a few days’ rest to prepare for the individual events in which Manika Batra won a gold medal in the Gold Coast four years ago. She plays women’s doubles with Reith and G. She will also compete in mixed doubles with Sathiyan.

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