Manika Batra defeated Sreeja Akula 7-11, 11-1 8-11 13-11 11-6 to reach the singles semis.© AFP
Star Indian paddler Manika Batra reached the women’s singles semifinals at the WTT Contender meet after beating compatriot Sreeja Akula and then paired up with G Sathiyan to make it to the title round of mixed doubles event, in Budapest on Thursday. In the women’s singles quarter-final, Manika beat Sreeja 3-2 with the scoreline reading 7-11, 11-1 8-11 13-11 11-6 in favour of the two-time Olympian. In the mixed doubles event, Manika and Sathiyan crushed the Belarusian pairing of Aliaksandr Khanin and Daria Trigolos by a 3-0 margin.
The Indian pair won 11-6 11-5 11-4 and will now meet Hungarian pair of Nandor Ecseki and Doria Madarasz. The Hungarian pair defeated the Russian duo of Kiriil Skachkov and Viktoriia Vorobeva 11-5 11-9 11-8.
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