Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra one win away from sealing Tokyo 2020 blended doubles berth after getting into Asian Qualifiers ultimate

Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra one win away from sealing Tokyo 2020 blended doubles berth after getting into Asian Qualifiers ultimate

The world No 19 Indian pair has arrange a ultimate conflict towards world No 8 Korean duo of Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jneon on Saturday and is now a win away from qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra one win away from sealing Tokyo 2020 mixed doubles berth after entering Asian Qualifiers final

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Doha: The star Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra made their means into the blended doubles ultimate of the Asian Olympic Qualification Event after defeating Singapore’s Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 in Doha on Friday.

The world No 19 Indian pair has arrange a ultimate conflict towards world No 8 Korean duo of Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jneon on Saturday and is now a win away from qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

Having already secured the singles berths on Thursday and aiming for a double qualification, Sharath and Manika confronted a tricky problem within the preliminary a part of the match because the scores had been levelled at 2-2 after the fourth recreation.

Nevertheless, the 2018 Asian Video games bronze medallist pair managed to carry an edge over their opponent and bagged two successive video games to finish a 12-10 Sept. 11 11-5 5-11 11-8 13-11 victory in 50 minutes.

In the meantime, the Korean duo of Lee and Jeon entered the ultimate with a 4-11 11-7 11-4 5-11 11-8 11-8 victory towards Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Suthasini Sawettabut.

Earlier on Thursday, all of the 4 Indian paddlers Sharath, Manika, Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee earned themselves singles qualification berths on the Tokyo Olympics.

Whereas Sathiyan and Sutirtha emerged winners of their respective classes of the South Asian Group, Sharath and Manika sealed Tokyo berths by advantage of being the highest-ranked second-placed gamers.

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