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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Paddler Manika Batra Loses To Sofia Polcanova In Round 3

Tokyo: India star paddler Manika Batra bowed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 3 match against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday (July 26). Sofia Polcanova defeated Batra 4-0 as the match lasted just 27 minutes. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics… Continue reading Tokyo Olympics 2021: Paddler Manika Batra Loses To Sofia Polcanova In Round 3

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Tokyo: India star paddler Manika Batra bowed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 3 match against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova here at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym — Table 1 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday (July 26).

Sofia Polcanova defeated Batra 4-0 as the match lasted just 27 minutes.

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Batra and Polcanova did exchange some great points to start the match but it was Austrian who prevailed against Manika’s rally and took the first set 11-8.

The second set was all Sofia from the start who cleverly neutralised Batra’s reverse spin and took the round in a blink of an eye. The 11-2 set lasted for just 4 minutes.

Batra’s lethal forearm continued to be missing in the third round against the Austrian’s stern defence as she again failed to put any fight and her opponent took the set 11-5. In the next one, the Indian tried to delay the inevitable by playing some quality long rallies but the end result remained the same. Polcanova claimed the set 11-7 and marched into the next round.

Earlier, Sutirtha Mukherjee also crashed out of the women’s singles event after losing her Round 2 match against Portugal’s Fu Yu.

Meanwhile, Achanta Sharath Kamal progressed to Round 3 of the men’s singles event after defeating Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia. Kamal defeated Tiago 4-2 in Round 2 of the men’s singles event and the entire match lasted for 48 minutes. (ANI)