CWG 2022: Manika Batra-led Indian women’s table tennis team beats South Africa in opener

The Indian women’s table tennis team opened its Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign with a flawless display against South Africa in a 3-0 win in Birmingham on Friday.

India, which began with Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison in the doubles event, downed the South African pair of Lailaa Edwards and Danisha Patel 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.

Manika Batra was next in the singles, and the 27-year-old brushed past Musfiquh Kalam 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 before Sreeja Akula sealed the fate of the tie with another 3-0 victory over Danisha Patel.

The women’s team will next face Fiji at 8.30 pm. Meanwhile, the men’s team will square off against Barbados at 4.30 pm.

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