The Indian mixed doubles pairing of G Sathiyan and Manika Batra reached the semifinals of WTT Contender Tunis after posting a win over Germany’s Cedric Meissner and Yuan Wan on Friday. The Indian duo won 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 11-8) in the quarterfinal match that lasted just over 21 minutes.
Now they will face the Korean couple of Shin Yubin and Lim Jonghoon. Unfortunately, both Batra and Sathiyan lost their first round singles matches. Harmeet Desai, the rising Indian player, lost in the quarterfinal 0-3 against China’s Liang Yanning. He lost 5-11, 6-11, 5-11.
That was also the end of India’s challenge in the singles section. Achanta Sharath Kamal had also lost her first round match. It was the same story in women’s singles when Ayhika Mukherjee suffered an identical 0-3 (5-11, 9-11, 10-12) loss to Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki in the round of 16.
Other players, Sreeja Akula and Diya Chitale also failed to make it past the first round.