Manika Batra-Sathiyan Gnanasekaran’s Olympics dream shattered

Manika Batra-Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Indian table tennis duo Manika Batra-Sathiyan Gnanasekaran faced da significant setback in their journey to the Paris Olympics 2024. The pair, who were ranked 18th in the world, were defeated in the quarterfinals of the World Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Olympic Qualification tournament.

Tough pill to swallow for Manika Batra-Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

The Indian pair lost to the Malaysian duo of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne, who were ranked 153rd in the world. The match ended with a score of 4-1 (11-9, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8), marking the end of Batra and Gnanasekaran’s second and final opportunity to secure a quota for the Paris Olympics 2024.

This defeat followed their quarterfinal loss in the first knockout round to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea pair, Ri Jong Sik and Kim Kum Yong. Despite these setbacks, India has already secured quotas for the women’s and men’s teams, as well as two quotas each in the men’s and women’s singles events.

The World Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Olympic Qualification tournament in Havirov, Czechia, was the final qualifying event for the mixed doubles table tennis competition at the Paris 2024 Olympics. Quotas in mixed doubles events for the Paris Olympics can also be obtained through rankings. The five highest-ranked eligible pairs not already qualified and from a country different to those already qualified in the mixed doubles world ranking, as of May 7, will obtain one mixed doubles quota place.

Despite the disappointment, the journey of Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is far from over. Their current world ranking of 18th could still secure them a spot at the Paris Olympics. The final five mixed doubles quota places, to be determined based on world rankings as of May 7, remained uncertain at the time of the tournament.

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