Batra bows out of 2019 ITTF German Open

The Indian paddler lost to World No. 12 Feng Tianwei in the Round of 32.

India’s singles challenge at the 2019 ITTF German Open came to an end on Thursday as Manika Batra bowed out in the round of 32 after her loss to Feng Tianwei of Singapore in Bremen.

While the Indian showed some fight the opening two games, she struggled to cope with her opponent’s unpredictability and eventually lost the tie 9-11, 11-13, 4-11, 3-11.

Scrappy start

Up against world number 12 Tianwei, Batra soon got into her groove as the two dealt in controlled forehand drives in the initial exchanges.

While the Indian used her skill to deceive Tianwei with pace on her returns, the Singaporean paddler unleashed a few shots close to Batra’s body cramping her room for her returns.

Eventually, it came down to a two-point difference as Batra missed the table while trying to work a close angle to hand Tianwei the opening game.

Singapore’s Feng Tianwei was in top form registering a fine win over India’s Manika Batra.
Singapore’s Feng Tianwei was in top form registering a fine win over India’s Manika Batra.Singapore’s Feng Tianwei was in top form registering a fine win over India’s Manika Batra.

So close

Batra started the second on a positive note as she raced to an 8-5 lead in no time. Using the table to her advantage, the Indian kept her opponent guessing with her returns and at times even produced some delightful slices that had Tianwei searching for answers.

But just when it looked like Batra would run away with the game and draw level, the Singaporean rallied well to close the gap.

Later, the pressure seemed to get the better of Batra as she couldn’t make the most of the openings she created to go two down.

Tianwei supremacy

Tianwei displayed some creative strokeplay in the following games, bringing out some splendid back-hand top spins and forehand cuts to have Batra in trouble.

The Indian could barely come to terms with her opponent’s array of strokes as she quickly crumbled and bowed out of the competition.

Batra, along with Archana Kamath, was also ousted in the round of 16 women’s doubles match played earlier in the day. The Indians lost 10-12, 7-11, 11-5, 5-11 to Meng Chen and Yuting Gu of China.

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