Dusseldorf, June 2: India’s Manika Batra and Mouma Das on Thursday swiftly entered into the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf as they got a walkover from the Netherlands and Polish combination of Li Jie and Li Quian. However, Manika and Mouma made history by becoming the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals of the World Table Tennis Championships.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also congratulated Indian duos for creating a history by Twitter. He tweeted, “Manika Batra & @MoumaDasTT created history by becoming 1st Indian pair to enter Q/Fs of World #TableTennis C'ship. Congrats & best wishes.”
Notably, during the match, Netherlands and Polish combination of Li Jie and Li Quian fell sick and were admitted to hospital after which Indian duo got a walkover to the quarters. "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 when asked about the feat.
The Indian duo will compete with Chinese players, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen on Friday in the quarterfinals of the tournament. On the other side, in the men’s singles, Sharath Kamal stormed into the round of 32 beating Ukraine?s Kou Lei in straight games of 11-3, 11-9, 14-12, 11-3.
Meanwhile, in the women's singles, Manika had a tough match against Korean Kim Kyungah, seeded 27 and ranked 46 in the world, in the round of 64. The Korean won 3-11- 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 for a next round showdown with Chinese Zhu Yuling.