Tokyo Olympics: Indian paddlers handed tough attracts, Sharath-Manika pair to face third seed in opener | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: India paddlers had been on Wednesday handed tough attracts on the Tokyo Olympics with the combined doubles pairing of Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra pitted towards third seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
Batra, ranked 62, although received a straightforward girls’s singles first spherical the place she is going to face Great Britain’s Ho Tin-Tin, ranked 32 locations under the Indian.
The Indian, ought to she win the opening spherical, will lock horns with Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska subsequent.
Sharath and Manika had sealed the Olympics berth in combined doubles after beating world quantity eight Korean Sang-Su Lee and Jihee Jneon in the ultimate of Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in March.
Before leaving for Tokyo, the duo may follow just for three days in the nationwide camp earlier than Batra returned to her coaching base in Pune.
In the boys’s draw, Sharath and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran seeded twentieth and twenty sixth respectively, obtained first spherical byes. Their opponents for the second spherical will rely upon winners from first spherical matches.
However, the going is not going to be simple for the duo as Sharath is slated to meet Rio Olympics champion China’s Ma Long, seeded second, in the third spherical ought to the Indian win his second spherical match.
The veteran paddler is scheduled to tackle both Portugal’s Tiago Apolónia or Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo in the second spherical on Monday.
Sathiyan, alternatively, will meet both Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador or Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang in his second spherical match on Sunday.
The 28-12 months-outdated will run into Japanese teen-sensation Tomokazu Harimoto, seeded third, in the third spherical if Sathiyan wins his second spherical match.
But the Indian will head to the fixture full of confidence having overwhelmed Tomokazu in the Asian Championships although the workforce misplaced the rubber in 2019.
The different feminine singles paddler in the fray, Sutirtha Mukherjee will tackle Linda Bergstrom of Sweden in the primary spherical.
If Suthirtha wins her opening match she is going to face Portugal’s Yu Fu in the second spherical.

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