Tokyo: India’s table tennis player Sutirtha Mukherjee has won her opening game in the women’s singles event here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Sutirtha defeated Sweden’s Linda Bergstroem 5-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5 in her opening game. Sutirtha had managed to win the second game to bring the scoreline 1-1, but after that, the Sweden opponent won two games, putting more pressure on her.
This win of Manika will come as a morale booster after she along with Achanta Sharath Kamal failed to qualify for the next round in the mixed doubles event after suffering a heavy 0-4 defeat against the Chinese Taipei team of Yun Ju Lin and Cheng I Ching. Lin and Cheng of the Chinese Taipei annihilated the Indian duo in just 24 minutes in the best of seven games contest.