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Asian Games 2018: Achanta Sharath Kamal-Manika Batra lose in mixed doubles table tennis semis, take bronze

Achanta Sharath Kamal-Manika Batra were outplayed 4-1 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11) in 39 minutes by China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha in the last-four clash.

asian games 2018 Updated: Aug 29, 2018 19:35 IST
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India's Sharath Kamal Achanta (R) watches as teammate Manika Batra returns the ball in the table tennis mixed doubles semi-final against China's Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin during the 2018 Asian Games.(AFP)

The Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra bagged the first-ever bronze medal after going down in the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Games here on Wednesday.

Sharath-Manika were outplayed 4-1 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11) in 39 minutes by China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha in the last-four clash.

Sharath and Manika, who defeated the North Korean pair of An Ji Song and Cha Hyo Sim 3-2 (4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) in 38 minutes in the quarter-finals, got India’s first doubles medal at the Asiad in the sport.

It was also India’s second TT medal in Asiad history. The first medal came in this edition with the men’s team winning a bronze medal.

Earlier in the day, Sharath-Manika hammered Malaysia’s Javen Choong and Karen Dick 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-8) in the Round-of-32 before going past the South Korean pair of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee with a 3-2 (11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4) victory in 38 minutes.

Another Indian pair, Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar, lost 1-3 (11-6, 7-11, 5-11, 4-11) to Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit and Lee Ho Ching in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the Round-of-32, Amalraj-Madhurika defeated Donny Aji and Lilis Indriani of Indonesia 3-1 (11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-9).

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 19:35 IST