Tokyo: Indian star Manika Batra has entered the third round of the Table Tennis Women’s Singles event of the Tokyo Olympics, showing a great game. She made a spectacular comeback after falling behind in the first two games to beat Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska 4-3 in a tight match.
Manika had to struggle
Manika Batra had a little trouble finding the rhythm but in the end, in this match that lasted 57 minutes, the Ukrainian player of the 20th rank was 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11. , 11-5, 11-7. Whenever Manika was lagging behind, despite the pressure, she played long rallies and maintained excellent control of her shot.
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trouble in the beginning
Manika initially had trouble finding momentum and the Ukrainians easily won the first two games. Manika had no answer for his forehand and smash. Manika was initially trailing in the third game as well but she leveled the score at 6-6 and then won the game with a forehand hit, maintaining a consistent lead.
4th game was exciting
In the fourth game, there was an exciting match between the two players. Manika Batra lost a 6-4 lead in this game, both the players continued to move ahead after that but Manika leveled the match at 2-2 on the second game point.
Ukrainian player Margaryta Pesotska took the lead early in the fifth game but Manika Batra did not delay in making a comeback and leveled the score at 8-8. Meanwhile, his smashes were worth watching. Pesotska, however, regained the lead in the match by scoring 3 consecutive points.
In the sixth game also turned back
Manika was trailing 2-5 at one point in the sixth game too, but after that she scored 9 consecutive points to level the score at 3-3. In the deciding game, Manika had controlled her game well. The Ukrainian player had no answer for his smash. Manika won this match on forehand smash.
Manika landed without coach
Manika Batra had also landed in this match without her coach. His personal coach was not allowed to enter the stadium and this Indian player had refused to take the services of national coach Soumyadeep Roy in protest.