Mouma Das-Manika Batra’s dream run at World TT Championship ends
Manika Batra and Mouma Das had become the first Indian doubles pair to reach last eight after getting a walkover in the round of 16 at the World Table Tennis Championships. They lost to Chinese duo Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in the women’s doubles quarterfinalsother sports Updated: Jun 02, 2017 19:30 IST
The dream run of Manika Batra and Mouma Das in the World Table Tennis Championships ended with a loss against the mighty Chinese duo Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen in the women’s doubles quarterfinals.
The No. 1 and 2 Chinese players, who are seeded fourth with direct entry in the main draw, won 11-7, 11-7, 11-1, 11-3 to enter the semi-finals.
Manika and Mouma had become the first Indian doubles pair to reach last eight after getting a walkover in the round of 16.
“We did our best and are elated to have entered the quarterfinals. We got a bit lucky yesterday but combined really well to reach this important stage,” said Mouma, who with 16 appearances is the first Asian to register most number of appearances at World Championships.
At 33, Mouma may have played her last worlds (individuals), but it was a big achievement for the diminutive player from Kolkata to have sustained for so long, since her first World Championships appearance in Manchester way back in 1997. Out of 16 appearances so far, she has participated in individual competitions on eight occasions.