Top Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Manika Batra, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar will be in action at the WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Tunis from October 27.
Achanta Sharath Kamal is the top ranked Indian table tennis player in the world at 32nd place while Sathiyan is ranked at 37th place in the world. Manika, in the female category, is ranked 63rd in the world.
In the men’s singles main draw, Sharath Kamal will face Brazilian Vitor Ishiy in the first round while Sathiyan will face Spaniard Alvaro Robles.
In the women’s singles category, Manika Batra will face Germany’s Nina Mittelham in the first round.
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In the men’s doubles main draw, Sharath Kamal and Manav Thakkar’s new pair will face the Austrian pair of David Serdaroglu and Alexander Chen. Meanwhile, Sathiyan and Harmeet will meet Germans Tobias Hippler and Kilian Ort in the first round (Round of 16).
The Indian mixed doubles pair of Manika and Sathiyan will resume their partnership in this tournament when they play their first round of mixed doubles against Argentines Horacio Cifuentes and Camila Arguelles.
Indian players have varying fortunes in the qualifiers for the WTT Contender Table Tennis Tournament
Meanwhile, Harmeet Desai, Annanya Basak and Sreeja Akula fell on the sidelines in qualifying, failing to advance to the main draw at the WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Tunis.
However, Manav Thakkar, Selena Selvakumar, Madhurika Patkar, Diya Parag Chitale and Krittwika Sinha Roy all have a chance to advance to the main draw after winning two of their three qualifying matches.
Matches are scheduled for later tonight.
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When and where to watch Indian table tennis players in action
The WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Tunis will be broadcast live on the World Table Tennis YouTube channel. The actions in Tables 1 to 4 can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WorldTableTennis.
The action can also be followed live on social media on the WTT Twitter (https://twitter.com/WTTGlobal) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wtt/?hl=en) pages.
The LIVE action can also be followed on the following broadcasting networks:
Migu – China and Macao
XYZ Sports – Germany, Austria and Switzerland
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Elta – Chinese Taipei.
The main draw of the WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Tunis begins on October 27 and the finals will be played on October 30.