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Table Tennis: Manika Batra Loses In Singles Semis, Makes Doubles Final With Archana Kamath

Manika Batra pushed Wang Yidi of China, the top seed and World No. 11, to the limit but the Chinese emerged stronger to triumph 11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5 in the women’s singles semifinals of the World Table Tennis Contender on Saturday.

Playing against Wang, ranked 47 places higher, Manika put up a fantastic show, matching the top seed on all counts in the singles semifinals. Trailing by two games to three, Manika, seeded seventh, remained very much in the contest until 5-7 in the sixth, but after that Wang raced away.

Seventh-seeded Manika had upset Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, seeded third, 11-8, 4-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 in the last-eight clash.

Earlier in the day, Manika and Archana Kamath played a brilliant fifth game to defeat China’s Liu Weishan and Wang Yidi 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 to progress to the women’s doubles final. The Indian duo will face Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico in Sunday’s summit clash.

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