Manika Batra and Mouma Das created history yesterday by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarter-finals of the World Table Tennis Championships which is happening in Dusseldorf.
The pair was lucky enough since they got a walkover from Polish-Netherlands combination of Li Jie and Li Quian since one of the player was hospitalised. In the quarter finals, they have a himalayan task as they would be facing World No.1 & 2 pair – Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen.
“I don’t know what to even feel. It’s just sad that our opponents could not play the match. But at the same time, I am so elated that we have created history for our country,” said Mouma.
There is a good news from the Men’s side too when the top ranked Sharath Kamal who is ranked 43 in the World entered into the round of 32 by defeating World no 24 ranked Ukraine’s Kou Lei in straight games of 11-3, 11-9, 14-12, 11-3.
“I got into a groove very early and my backhand came off nicely. I am taking one match at a time and I am not worried about my next round opponent,” said Sharath.
In his next round, Sharath will meet either Austrian Habesohin or Chinese Lin Gaoyuan which is slated to happen on Friday.