Indian table tennis players Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 7 in mixed doubles. The Indian mixed doubles pair have been one of the most consistent teams in recent years.
The pair improved on their previous ranking of world No. 10. This is the first time that an Indian mixed doubles pair have made it to the top seven in the world.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran took to social media to announce the ranking change.
You can see his post below:
Sathiyan Manika advances to semi-finals
Sathiyan and Manika broke into the WTT Contender Semi-Finals underway in Doha on Tuesday. The Indian mixed doubles pair defeated Christina Kallberg and Kristian Karlsson of Sweden 3-1 (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8) in the quarterfinals.
They will meet Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem in the semi-finals.
Sathiyan and Manika started well and pocketed the opener 11-7 with ease. However, the Swedish pair restored parity when they bounced back in the second to win the game 9-11.
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The Indian pair then won the all-important third game 11-9 and built momentum for the next game. Without giving the Swedish paddlers much of a chance, the Indians closed out the game with a sublime 11-8 win in game four.
Disappointment for Indian paddlers
Manika, however, lost in the first round in the women’s singles category, losing her match to China’s Fan Siqi 0-3 (7-11, 5-11, 6-11).
Manika also failed to taste success in the women’s doubles category, partnering Archana Kamath with the pair losing their quarter-final match. The Indian pair proved unmatched by the prowess of Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Huang Yi-Hua 0-3 (5-11, 9-11, 6-11).
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After losing the opener to a whimper, Manika and Archana attempted to stage a comeback but failed in the second game to lose at 9-11. However, the Taipei players were a cut above in the decisive third game and won with ease at 6-11.
In men’s singles, Achanta Sharath Kamal qualified for the round of 16 after winning his first round match against Qatari Fahed Almughhane 3-0 (11-7, 15-13, 11-8).
However, Sathiyan lost to China’s Yuan Licen 0-3 (5-11, 6-11, 12-14) in the first round.
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