36th National Games (TT): Sathiyan, Batra, Desai to semi-finals

Top seed G Sathiyan was the highest ranked player in men’s singles after second seed A Sharath Kamal had to withdraw from the quarter-final clash due to back pain at the 36th National Games underway on Friday. In the other quarter-finals, top seed Manika Batra and second seed Sreeja Akula recorded comfortable wins over their opponents and booked their place in the semi-finals.

Sharath was leading two sets to one and he called for medical attention as he trailed 6-1 in the fourth set against Haryana’s Soumyajit Ghosh. After a few minutes of treatment, he decided to retire from the game.

On the other hand, Sathiyan faced a challenge against local boy Manav Thakkar in a fast-paced encounter. Thakkar played tremendously but failed to break through the defense when it mattered most and lost 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12, 13-11. Sathiyan will now face Harmeet Desai who beat Deepit Patil 4-0.

Gujarati paddler, Manush Shah edged out FR Snehit and qualified for the semi-finals. Initially he struggled for pace and accuracy, but once he regrouped he turned it around and won 4-2.

Earlier, Reethrishya Tennison was the only player in the top four seeds to miss out on a semi-final spot after being knocked out by Sutirtha Mukherjee in the quarter-finals.

36th National Games: Table Tennis Results (Day 4)

Men’s singles (QF)

G. Sathiyan (TN) defeated Manav Thakkar (Guj) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12, 13-11; Harmeet Desai (Guj) defeated Deepit Patil (Mah) 11-3, 11-6, 11-2, 11-9; Manush Shah (Guj) defeated Fidel Rafeeue Snehit Syravajjula (Tel) 3-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9; Soumyajit Ghosh (Har) beat Sharath Kamal (TN) 11-7, 12-10, 11-8, 6-1 (retired)

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Single Ladies (QF)

Manika Batra (Del) defeated Krittwika Sinha Roy (Guj) 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4; Sutirtha Mukherjee (WB) beat Reethrishya Tennison (Mah) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9; Diya Chitale (Mah) defeated Suhana Saini (Har) 11-5, 4-11,11-7, 3-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9; Akula Sreeja (Tel) defeats Ayhika Mukherjee (WB) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4

Men’s Doubles (QF)

Harmeet Desai/Manav Thakkar (Guj) defeated Sudhanshu Grover/Payas Jain (Del) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5; Arjun Ghosh/Anirban Ghosh (WB) defeated Soumyajit Ghosh/Jubin Kumar (Har) 11-7, 11-7, 11-1; Manush Shah/Ishaan Hingorani (Guj) defeated Sarthak Gandhi/Wesley Do Roserio (Har) 12-10, 11-9, 11-8; Jeet Chandra/Ronit Bhanja (WB) defeated Sanil Shetty/Ravindra Kotiyan (Mah) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4

Women’s Doubles (QF)

Diya Chitale/Swastika Ghosh (Mah) defeated Krittwika Sinha Roy/Frenaz Chipia (Guj) 11-5, 5-11, 10-12, 7-11; Ayhika Mukherjee/Sutirtha Mukherjee (WB) defeated N. Deepika/V.Kowshika (TN) 11-4, 12-10, 11-7; Shruti Amrute/Reethrishya Tennison (Mah) defeated S. Yashini/CR Harshavardhini (TN) 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6; Yashaswini Ghorpade/Khushi V.(Kar) defeated Takeme Sarkar/Prapti Sen (BM) 13-11, 14-12, 11-5

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