Sharath-Manika lose in mixed doubles TT semis, take bronze

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Sharath Kamal Achanta (R) watches as teammate Manika Batra returns the ball in the table tennis mixed doubles semi-final against China’s Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin during the 2018 Asian Games.(AFP)

JAKARTA,August 29: The Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra bagged the first-ever bronze medal after going down in the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Games here on Wednesday.
Sharath and Manika, who won Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) People’s choice award this year, were outplayed 4-1 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11) in 39 minutes by China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha in the last-four clash.
Sharath and Manika, who defeated the North Korean pair of An Ji Song and Cha Hyo Sim 3-2 (4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8) in 38 minutes in the quarter-finals, got India’s first doubles medal at the Asiad in the sport.
It was also India’s second TT medal in Asiad history. The first medal came in this edition with the men’s team winning a bronze medal. (Agencies)