Manika Batra becomes 1st Indian woman to reach semifinals of Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament
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Ace Indian paddler Manika Batra on 18 November, 2022 became the first Indian woman to reach the semifinals of the Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament.
She registered a hard-fought win over world No. 23 Chen Tzu Yu of Chinese Taipei in Bangkok, Thailand.
World number 44 Manika beat Chen 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9) in the women's singles quarterfinals.
She takes on Japan’s Mima Ito in the semifinals on 19 November.
Former men’s singles player Chetan Baboor is the only Indian table tennis player to win a medal at the Asian Cup. He won silver in 1997 and bronze in 2000.
In men's singles, world number 39 Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and India's national champion Sharath Kamal, ranked number 44, suffered early exits.
Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament
It is an annual table tennis competition held by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU).
Its first edition was organized in 1983. The competition consists of men's and women's singles events, with 16 players qualifying to compete in each event.
It is a qualification event for the World Cup.
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