Monday was a disappointing day for the Indians at the Tokyo Olympics. Table tennis star Manika Batra lost in women’s singles. Apart from this, Indian players also faced defeat in tennis, archery, fencing and badminton. However, veteran table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal has continued to lead the way. But the next round will be very tough and challenging for Sharath Kamal as he will face defending champion and world champion China Long in that round.
Manika’s campaign ended in the third round
Manika Batra lost in the third round of women’s singles. Austria’s Sopia Polkanova did not give Manika a single chance and won the match 4-0 in just 27 minutes. Manika quarreled on several occasions but that was not enough. Sutirtha Mukherjee also lost in the second round of women’s singles. Sutirtha lost against Fu Yu of Portugal in the second round match.
Badminton: Satwiksairaj-Chirag lost in doubles
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had done well in their first match, lost in the second round to world number one Kevin Sanjay Sukamulijo and Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. The Indian pair tried to challenge in both the games but their efforts were not enough. The Indian pair lost 13-21, 12-21. Satwik and Chirag will now have to beat the British pair in their final Group A match, while the Chinese Taipei pair will be expected to lose to the Indonesian pair. If this happens, then India’s hope of moving forward can be alive.
Bhavani Devi impressed with her game, but could not win
C Bhavani Devi is the first Indian to compete in fencing at the Olympics. She made an impressive showing but lost to world number three Menon Brunet in the women’s individual saber event. 27-year-old Bhavani Devi got off to a great start with a 15-3 win over Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi. However, in the next round, she faced Rio Olympic semifinalist Brunet of France. In which they lost 7-15.
Men’s archery team out of quarter-finals
Poor performance by the Indian archers in the last minute forced them out of the quarter-finals. Indian team lost to Korea. The Indian team of Atanu Das, Praveen Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 in straight sets. Now the hope of India’s first medal in archery at the Olympics has shifted to the individual event. Apart from Atanu, Praveen and Tarundeep, Deepika Kumari will take the field on Wednesday.
After a poor start, Sharath Kamal retaliated and won
India’s most experienced table tennis player Sharath Kamal made a poor start in the second round of men’s singles against Tiago Polonia of Portugal but later retaliated 2-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11. went ahead. -6, 11. -9 to win. He will now face defending champion Ma Long of China in the next round. Long is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time to have won all singles titles in table tennis and is currently the world champion.