Manika Batra and Archana Kamath bag Women’s Doubles title in WTT Contender tournament

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The star duo Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath secured the women’s doubles title in the WTT Contender tournament in Lasko on Sunday. They played at Table 1 of Sports Hall Tri Lilije and they defeated the Puerto Rican team of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz in straight sets by 11-3, 11-8, 12-10. Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath secured the spot in the finals of the women’s doubles event of the WTT Contender tournament after defeating the team of Wang Yidi and Liu Weishan by 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the semi-finals.

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On Saturday, Manika Batra won a bronze medal after the Indian went down fighting to Wang Yidi of China by 2-4 in the semi-finals of women’s singles. Wang Yidi defeated Manika by 11-7, 7-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5.

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Manika and Archana had to dig a bit deep to beat China’s Liu Weishan and Wang Yidi in the semifinals on Saturday.

“I am very happy to have won this title…it was fun playing throughout as I always enjoy playing doubles with Manika Di. She is playing really well and has a very strong presence on the table which allows me to play freely,” Archana told PTI.

Kiren Rijiju and others react to Manika Batra and Archana Kamath

The former Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju recently reacted to the proud moment for India which saw Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath tally the women’s double. Kiren Rijiju took to his Twitter account and wrote:

“Wonderful news! India’s Manika Batra and Archana Kamath won the women’s doubles title at the World Table Tennis Contender 2021 in Slovenia! Congratulations @manikabatra_TT and #ArchanaKamath”

While veteran actor Anupam Kher also sent out a congratulatory Tweet: “Congratulations @manikabatra_TT and #ArchanaKamath for winning the women’s doubles title at the World Table Tennis Contender 2021 in Slovenia! Jai Ho and Jai Hind!!”

Highlights:

  • Manika Batra and Archana Kamath win the women’s doubles title in the WTT Contender tournament
  • Kiren Rijiju congratulates them on the triumph

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