Bangkok: In table tennis, ace Indian paddler Manika Batra crashed out at the women’s singles semi-finals of Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament. The Indian player lost to fourth seed Mima Ito of Japan by ‘ 8-11 11-7 7-11 6-11 11-8 7-11 (2-4)’. Manika Batra scripted new history by becoming the first Indian to reach the semi-finals of the continental tournament.
World No. 44 Manika had earlier defeated world No. 23 Chen Szu-Yu of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. Manika has already ensured the best finish by an Indian in the 39-year-old history of the Asian Cup after Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan had finished sixth in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
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The USD 200,000 event features the top 16 players in the men’s and women’s singles from the continent based on world rankings and qualifications.