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Tokyo Olympics: Sutirtha Mukherjee enters next round of women’s singles event

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Sutirtha Mukherjee

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.

However, the Indian staged a comeback and she took the fifth and sixth games 11-3 and 11-9 respectively, keeping her hopes alive of walking away with a victory. In the end, it was Sutirtha who held her composure to walk away victorious. Earlier, Manika Batra cruised past Briitain’s Tin-Tin Ho for the next round in women’s singles event. Manika wasted no time and won the match in four straight games 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 in exactly 30 minutes. The Indian paddler never seemed fazed by Tin-Tin Ho during the whole match.

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.

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