Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra face 3rd seeds in mixed doubles opener

Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will face 3rd seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching in the mixed doubles category

Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will face 3rd seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching in the mixed doubles category

  • Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will face 3rd seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching in the mixed doubles category

  • Sharath could face defending champion China's Ma Long in the 3rd round

  • Sathiyan will meet Japanese teen-sensation Tomokazu Harimoto if he wins his 2nd round match

Indian cyclists tied mixed doubles Sharat Kamal and Manika Batra against Taiwanese Lin Yun-ju and Chen ching at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Batra will easily face Brit Ho Tin Tin, who is 62nd but 32nd behind India in the first round of the women's singles.

If India won the first match, they would have stabbed Ukrainian Margarita Pesotka to death. Sharat and Manika defeated Lee Sang Soo and Ji Hee in the Asian qualifiers held in March and defeated eight world ranked Koreans to qualify for the Olympic mixed doubles.

Before leaving for Tokyo, they were only allowed to train for three days at the national camp before Batra returned to his training base in Pune. Among men, Sharat and Satyan Gnanasekaran got their first bites, taking 20th and 26th places, and their rivals in the second round will be determined by the winner of the first round match. However, if Sharat meets Rio Olympic champion  of China in the third round and India wins in the second round, they will come in second in the third round, so it won't be easy for either side to continue.

The veteran paddler is scheduled to tackle both Portugal's Tiago Apolónia or Nigeria's Olajide Omotayo withinside the 2nd round on Monday. Sathiyan, on the opposite hand, will meet both Puerto Rico's Brian Afanador or Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang in his 2nd round match on Sunday. The 28-year-old will run into Japanese teen-sensation Tomokazu Harimoto, seeded 3rd, withinside the 3rd round if Sathiyan wins his 2nd round match.

However, the Indians are heading confidently to the facility in 2019, beating Tomokazu in the Asian Cup, even though their team lost. Another lone fighter, Suthirtha Mukherjee, faced Sweden's Linda Bergstrom in the first round. If Suthirtha wins the opening match, they will face yu fu from Portugal in the second round.

 

Source:- India Today

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