Manika Batra reaches round 3 in singles

25 July 2021, Tokyo: Manika Batra defeated World number 32 Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine by 4 – 3 in her round 2 singles match on Table number 4 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym here on Sunday.

Unlike her straight game first round win over her British opponent Ho Tin Tin, Manika had to give her all in a the match where the fortunes swung like a pendulum. Manika lost the first two games 4-11, 4-11 to trail her Ukrainian opponent by two games to nil. Ranked 62 in the world, the Indian paddler came back strongly to win the next two games 11-7 and 12-10 to level the match.

The Ukrainian won the fifth game 11-8 to take a 3-2 lead going into the sixth game. However, Manika Batra showed tremendous resolve to take the next two games 11-5, 11-7 and seal the match that lasted 57 minutes. 

In the next round, she will take on Sofia Polcanova of Austria for a place in the round of 16.

Women’s Singles – Round 1
24 Jul 2021
Manika Batra 
4 – 3
  Margaryta Pesotska

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