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Sharath, Manika on nine-member India team at WTT tourney in Houston

Sharath Kamal. Photo: IOC

New Delhi, Nov 17 (MNN) Tokyo Olympians Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will be on nine-member team from India at 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals slated to be held in Houston in the US from November 23 to 29.

Sharath Kamal ranked 30 and Manika Batra ranked 56 are top-ranked Indians in the men’s and women’s singles respectively.

Another Tokyo Olympian Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who helped India win the men’s team bronze at the 2021 Asian Championships, will also be in action.

Harmeet Desai and Amalraj Anthony are the other Indian men in fray.

Interestingly, all four men – Sharath, Sathiyan, Harmeet and Amalraj – were part of the gold-winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, in the women’s team, Manika Batra will be joined by fellow Tokyo Olympian Sutirtha Mukherjee, Archana Kamath, Ayhika Mukherjee and Madhurika Patkar.

Manika Batra and Archana Kamath won their first women’s doubles title at the WTT Contender Lasko in October and are expected to team up again.

At the world championships at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Centre, the men’s and women’s fields will see some of the biggest names in table tennis.

All the women’s singles Tokyo 2020 medallists, including Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha (both Chinese) and Mima Ito from Japan, will be among the top contenders.

Similarly, in the men’s singles, Tokyo 2020 silver winner and current world number 1 Fan Zhendong of China is the top seed.

Indian squad: Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, Amalraj Anthony, Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukerjee, Madhurika Patkar, Ayhika Mukherjee

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