Gondomar (Portugal): Indian ladies desk tennis staff’s quest for a Tokyo Olympics berth ended on Saturday after shedding to France 2-Three in a play-off match of the qualification match right here.
The Indian ladies’s staff had misplaced to Romania 2-Three in a pre-quarterfinal match on Friday.
Ranked 23rd only a place above France, the Indian staff took the lead by Ayhika Mukherjee and Sutirtha Mukehrjee within the opening match, beating Stephanie Loeuillette and Yuan Jian Nan 11-7, 6-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8.
Although Manika Batra, ranked 61st, misplaced her opening singles 7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-3, 7-11 to Marie Migot, ranked 195th, she was capable of put India again within the reckoning when she gained 11-7, 12-10, 11-Four in opposition to Stephanie Loeuillette within the second singles.
However the euphoria lasted simply a few video games as Ayhika, taking part in the final match of the tie in opposition to Marie, led 2-1 however her French opponent pulled stage earlier than profitable the decider to sending India packing. Ayhika misplaced 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 9-11.
With simply two singles entries allowed per nation, the Indian ladies, particularly Manika and Archana Kamath, can hope for one of the best after they take part within the April occasion in Thailand for singles qualification.
The Indian males’s staff is slated to satisfy Czech Republic of their opening play-off match in a while Saturday.