Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee began their search for a place at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics with a winning note, as the duo recorded comfortable straight-set victories in their respective women, a stage I knockout, opening matches at the World Singles Qualifying Tournament. here on Sunday.
Manika dominated the proceedings against the Bulgarian Maria Yovkova during her victory with 11-5 11-7 11-4 11-0.
While Mukherjee faced some resistance from his opponent Lisa Lung in the fourth match, but won the race 11-3 11-5 11-7 12-10.
Meanwhile, Ahanta Sharat Kamal and Ji Satian suffered defeats against Italian opponents in their respective men’s singles opening matches.
While Satian lost to Mihai Bobochitsa 11-7 11-6 11-8 11-5, an experienced fighter Sharat also failed to overcome Niagol Stoyanov as he went down with battles 11-9 6-11 8-11 4-11 11 -8 10-12. Both Indians had said goodbye in the beginning.
Four Indians are participating in the ongoing qualifying event, where a total of nine (four men and five women) are scheduled for the rapture and are scheduled for March 14-17.
In the men’s category, players are divided into three knockout rounds, with the winner of each knockout winning a place in the Tokyo Olympic singles.
While the losing finalist and semi-finalists of 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 in each knockout round securing a single seat 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.