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Olympics: India Badminton star P V Sindhu starts her campaign confidently, Monika cruises ahead in Table Tennis Tokyo Olympics

Olympics: India Badminton star P V Sindhu starts her campaign confidently, Monika cruises ahead in Table Tennis

By Manik Banerjee | @indiablooms | 25 Jul 2021, 04:56 pm

Tokyo: Displaying all round courtcraft, Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu began her campain in Tokyo Olympics by outplaying Israel's Ksenia Polykerpova in the first match of group ‘J’ of women’s badminton singles on Sunday.

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, dominated the show all through and defeated Polykerpova in straight sets of 21-7 and 21-10.

In the next round, Sindhu will take on world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi from Hong Kong.

Monika Batra shines in TT:

Monika Batra  Won Her 2nd Round Match against  Pesotska  From Ukraine

India’s Table Tennis player Monika Batra came from behind to edge past Margaryta Pesotska from Ukraine in a seven-game thriller.

The second-round match of the women's singles event lasted for about an hour.

After losing the first two sets cheaply by giving away negative points at the identical score of 4-11, Monika pulled up her socks and showed fine determination to restored parity.

Monicka, who netted her returns while her shots went wide in th first two sets and then corrected her mistakes and won the third set 11-6 and fourth one at 12-10 to keep her hopes alive.

The fifth set saw Monika losing her concentration and the Ukranian went ahead winning the set 11-8.

But her never say die attitude, helped Monika to regain her touch and drew level again, bagging the sixth set 11-5 comparatively easily.

In the decider, both started cautiously but  Monika with her fine back hand and occasional forehand smash forced a  4-1 and 9-3 lead soon. 

Though, Pesstska tried to put up some fight but succumbed to Indian rival’s superiority.

Monica won the decider 11-7 to move to the next round of the competition.