Manika Batra, Harmeet Desai make spectacular returns to worldwide circuit in WTT Contender sequence

Manika Batra, Harmeet Desai make spectacular returns to worldwide circuit in WTT Contender sequence

The season-opener can be the primary worldwide match Indian gamers are taking part in after the lengthy coronavirus-forced break.

Manika Batra, Harmeet Desai make impressive returns to international circuit in WTT Contender series

File picture of Manika Batra. UTT

Doha: Ace Indian paddlers Manika Batra and Harmeet Desai made a formidable return to the worldwide circuit by registering straight-game victories of their respective qualifying round-2 matches on the World Desk Tennis (WTT) Contender sequence in Doha on Monday.

Batra, the 2018 Commonwealth Video games gold-medallist, registered a 12-10 14-12 11-8 victory over Spain’s Sofia-Xuan Zhang in girls’s singles, whereas world No 73 Desai notched up a simple 11-5 12-10 11-6 win over compatriot Anthony Amalraj to progress to the third spherical of the lads’s singles qualifiers.

The season-opener can be the primary worldwide match Indian gamers are taking part in after the lengthy coronavirus -forced break.

Nevertheless, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Mudit Dani and Diya Chitale suffered defeats of their respective singles qualifying spherical matches.

Two-time nationwide champion Mukherjee did not get the higher of Ukraine’s Tetyana Bilenko 5-11 3-11 12-10 9/11 whereas Dani, who’s ranked 200, went down 8-11, 6-11 11-8 6-11 towards world No 85 Olah Benedek of Finland.

Chitale began off effectively towards Romania’s Irina Ciobanu with a sport’s lead, however she could not capitalise on the momentum and misplaced the match 11-8 9/11 3-11 8-11 towards the world No 98.

Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran have obtained direct entries into the lads’s singles essential draw, whereas 10 different Indians are taking part in within the qualifiers on the occasion.

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