Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal made the ultimate of the Asian Olympic qualifier.© Manika Batra/Instagram
The star Indian pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra made their means into the combined doubles closing on the Asian Olympic qualifiers after they defeated Singapore’s Koen Pang Yew En and Lin Ye 4-2 within the last-four conflict in Doha on Friday. The World No. 19 Indian pair has now arrange the ultimate conflict in opposition to World No. 8 Korean pair of Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jeon on Saturday and is now a win away from qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Having already secured the singles berths on Thursday and now aiming for double qualification, Sharath and Manika confronted a troublesome problem within the preliminary a part of the match because the scores have been levelled at 2-2 after the fourth sport.
Nevertheless, the 2018 Asian Video games bronze medalist pair managed to carry an edge over the opponent and bagged two successive video games to finish a 12-10, September 11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 13-11 victory in 50 minutes.
In the meantime the Korean duo Lee and Jeon entered the ultimate with 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory in opposition to 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 on the 2021 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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