India's Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost their respective singles matches at the table tennis competition at the Asian Games on Friday. The other Indian medal prospect, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, also lost to Japan's Matsudaira Kenta in his round of 16 matches. Gnanasekaran lost 1-4 in general to the Japanese opponent after falling down 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 6-11, 10-12. Kamal lost 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 16-14, 9-11 against Chuang Chihyuan of Taiwan in the singles leading up to the quarterfinals. Manika also lost in the previous quarterfinals. India's best bet in the single women category was no match for Wang Manyu of China, losing 2-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11 in a pretty unbalanced contest.
Ranked fifth in the world ranking, Wang dominated the game throughout the game, except for a brief blip when he lost the fourth game. In the first game, the Chinese ran to a 6-0 lead before Manika could take her first point. Manika continued to fight when Wang took the opening game quite easily.
Manika played much better in the second game. Although the Chinese took the early lead, Manika struggled to take the lead at 6-4. But he could not maintain the leadership when the Chinese reached the 8-8 level before advancing 9-8.
With two game points in their kitten at 10-8, the Chinese easily took the winning point easily to secure the second game as well. Wang took the initiative early in the third game as well. With 1-4 at one stage, Manika fought to reduce the gap to one point.
But Wang was technically too strong and Manika did not help his own cause by committing several unforced errors, since the Chinese took the third game as well.
Needing to win the fourth game to remain in the contest, Manika opened a 7-0 lead. But three unforced errors by Manika passed the lifeline to Wang, who tried hard to make a comeback. But Manika endured to win the game and keep their hopes alive. But Wang easily won the fifth game to reserve a place in the quarterfinals.
(With IANS entries)