BANGKOK (Thailand), Nov. 18 (IANS) – Indian rower Manika Batra became the first Indian woman to reach the semifinals of an Asian Cup table tennis tournament after claiming a hard-fought victory over world number 23 Chen Shu Yu Yu of Chinese Taipei.
World number 44 Manika defeated Chen 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9) in the women’s singles quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old Indian earlier beat world No. 7 Chen Xingtong of China in a round of 16 match on Thursday. In the semifinals, she met the winner of the match between Jeon Jihee from Korea and Mima Ito from Japan.
The latest results will be of great help to Batra, who has not performed well in 2022 due to several off-pitch issues as well as his on-pitch form. She failed to win a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, having won four medals in the 2018 edition.
Manika, who led the team in October’s World Team Event, lost both of her matches as India fell 3-2 to Germany in the first game. But she clinched victory in her two remaining group games as the women’s team progressed to the knockout stage after finishing 17th in the previous edition.
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Earlier this month, Manika won a silver medal in mixed doubles against Nova Gorica in Slovenia with partner G Sathiyan, taking her to No. 5 in the mixed doubles world ranking.