India’s mixed and women’s doubles pairs win silver medals at WTT Contender Muscat

NEW DELHI: The Indian mixed doubles pair of Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal after losing their final match, as did the women’s doubles duo of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika
Mukherjee at the WTT Contender tournament in Muscat on Saturday.
The Thakkar-Kamath duo lost 3-11, 3-11, 6-11 to the Chinese pair of Wang Chuqin and Chen Xintong in the mixed doubles final while Sutirtha and Ayhika suffered a 6-11, 11-8, 10-12, 7-11 defeat at the hands of Zhang Rui and Kuai Man, also from China, in the women’s doubles summit clash.
On Friday, Sreeja Akula and Selenadeepthi Selvakumar had won a women’s doubles bronze after losing in the semifinals to Sutirtha and Ayhika.
It was a creditable performance from both the mixed doubles and women’s doubles pairs as they could finish on the podium while the likes of G Sathiyan and Manika Batra failed to rise to the expectations.
The focus of Indian paddlers will now shift to Singapore Smash tournament that carries a USD 2 million prize purse. The event begins with the qualifiers on March 7 and runs till March 20. — PTI

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