Ace India table tennis players Manica Batra and Sutirta Mukherjee began their quest for a bedroom at this year’s Tokyo Olympics with a winning note with comfortable straight wins in the respective women, a stage I knockout in the matches of the first round of the World Qualifying Singles Tournament in Doha.
The gold medalist from the Community Games Manika dominated the Bulgarian Maria Yovkova during her victory with 11-5, 11-7, 11-4, 11-0. While Sutirta faced some resistance from his opponent Lisa Lung in the fourth match, but it was too late for the Italian as the Indian finished the game, as well as the match 11-3, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 in her favor. .
Meanwhile, Ahanta Sharat Kamal and Gnanasekaran Satian suffered defeats against Italian opponents in their respective men’s singles at the opening of matches. While Satian lost to Mihai Bobochitsa 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, an experienced fighter Sharat also failed to deal with Niagol Stoyanov as he went down in battles 11-9, 6-11. , 8- 11, 4-11, 11-8, 10-12. Both Indians had said goodbye in the opening round.
A total of nine Olympic qualifiers – four men and five women – will be taken to the event. In the men’s category, players are divided into three knockout rounds, with the winner of each knockout round qualifying for the Olympics. The losing finalist and the semi-finalists from each of the three knockouts will be drawn in another stage of the knockout and the winner will secure the remaining one place.
For the women’s category, the entries are divided into four knockouts, with the winner of each knockout securing a place in the singles at the Tokyo Olympics. However, the losing finalist from each of the four knockouts will fight for the remaining single place, as he will participate in the second stage, where he will be drawn in the final knockout and the winner will reach the Olympics.