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Tokyo Olympics: Manika Batra knocked out in Round 3, Twitterati say ‘well played’

Manika Batra lost the match 4-0

Manika Batra
Manika Batra ( Image Credit: Twitter)

India’s hopes of another medal in Tokyo was quashed when star paddler Manika Batra was knocked out in her Round 3 table tennis match against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova. Batra had no answers to Sofia’s assault and conceded the match 4-0 in 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. In the second set, Sofia was all over Batra and defeated her 11-2 in just 4 minutes.

Sofia continued her dominant run in the third round as well as Batra failed to put up a fight and lost the set 11-5. In the final one, Batra tried to delay the inevitable by playing some quality long rallies but the match was already done and dusted by then. Sofia took the final 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 moved to the third round of the men’s event after picking up an impressive 4-2 win over Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia.

Post Batra’s exit, the fans back home are left disappointed. However, they are not short of a word of praise for the paddler.

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