Manika Batra is eliminated in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics

Manika Batra

Manika Batra

Manika Batra's remarkable journey at the Tokyo Olympics finally ended with an 0-4 loss in the third phase encounter on Monday, ending India's bid in the women's singles. Sutirtha Mukherjee, India's other women's singles competitor, had just lost her second phase game earlier in the day. Manika, the India's Top player who surprised world number 32 on Sunday, lacked the ability to match Australia's Sofia Polcanova, the 10th seeded woman. Manika, who had fought back from a 2-0 deficit in her second-round encounter, was unable to put up a fight against the aggressive Austrian left-hander. She dropped four games in a row, 11-8, 11-2, 11-5, and 11-7. Against Tuesday,

 

Sharath, the lone Indian remaining in the competition, takes on defending Olympic champion Ma Long of China in the third match."I think it was one of the best matches I have played. The first game I don't know what happened, I could not connect the bat with the ball, I was all over the place. From there I could lift myself up."My opponent expected a different Sharath but I surprised him with my backhand, which was fantastic. All the work I have done on my backhand for the last six months paid off." "He is yet to play (with bye in the first two rounds). So, there will be pressure on him. Like I have said earlier, I have never felt better about my game. Hopefully, I can challenge him," added Sharath.Sharath, who is 39 years old, battled in the opening game but rallied to win 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in 49 minutes, setting up a match against China's reigning champion Ma Long. Sharath is famous because his powerful forehand wins, but with a better backhand, he was ready to finalize from both sides.

 

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