Manika Batra and G Sathiyan won against Hungarian duo Nandor Ecseki and Dora Madarasz with a score of 3-1 in the mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis (WTT)Championships Contender in Budapest on August 20.
Batra and Sathiyan outplayed the 94th-ranked Hungarian pairing with 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 on Friday. The win was notable as Batra and Sathiyan seldom play a lot of mixed doubles together. Moreover, Batra won the Asian Games bronze with veteran Sharath Kamal. They also played together at the Tokyo Olympics.
Earlier this month, the 60th ranked player in singles appeared in news owing a showcase notice against her by the Table Tennis Federation Of India (TTFI) on August 4.Batra had allegedly refused to take the guidance from the national coach Soumyadeep Roy during the Tokyo Olympics.
TTFI secretary general Arun Banerjee had told news agency ANI that Batra has 10 days to reply to the notice issued to her and actions will be taken accordingly.
As of now, Batra's response to the notice has not been recorded and further actions/clarifications from the Federation is awaited. Reportedly, the delay in actions is due to some technical issues.
Earlier, Banerjee stated that Batra’s refusal to take the training from her coach at the Tokyo Games will be taken up for a brief discussion once the contingent returns to India.
Batra had also earlier requested India’s chef de-mission BP Baishya to grant the FOP (field of play) access to her personal coach Sanmay Paranjape.
Batra lost her Round 3 match at the Tokyo Games.
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