Doha, March 30: Indian paddler Manika Batra and her partner Archana Kamath settled for a bronze medal at WTT Star Contender Doha 2022 after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Li Yu-Jhun and Cheng I-Ching in the women’s doubles semifinals, here on Wednesday. .
The world number 6 Indian pair lost 0-3 (8-11, 6-11, 7-11) to the duo from Chinese Taipei at the Lusail Sports Arena in the Qatari capital.
Earlier, Batra and Archana, the second-seeded women’s doubles in the match, enjoyed a hot run in Doha. The Indian duo had beaten Hong Kong’s Soo Wai Yam Minnie and Lee Ho Ching, both part of the Hong Kong team that won team bronze at Tokyo 2020, in the quarterfinals to enter the quarterfinals.
With the departure of Batra and Archana, India’s campaign in the Doha match also came to an end.
Manika and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, India’s top-ranked women’s and men’s singles players, were eliminated in the round of 16 of the women’s and men’s singles, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sharath Kamal lost both of her first-round singles and doubles matches. Sharath had teamed up with Manav Thakkar for the men’s doubles main draw. Batra and G Sathiyan’s mixed doubles campaign also did not progress beyond the first round.
On the other hand, neither of the two Indian teams that made it through the qualifiers, Ayhika Mukherjee/Sutirtha Mukherjee in women’s doubles and Sanil Shetty/Amalraj Anthony in women’s doubles, managed to win their first main draw match.