Asian TT Championships: India women make winning start

Sutirtha Mukherjee and Archana Kamath won two matches each while Sreeja Akula and Ayhika Mukherjee won one to secure wins over Jordan and Nepal.

By Rahul Venkat
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The Indian table tennis team beat Jordan and Nepal by identical 3-0 margins in Group 1 of the women’s team event at the Asian Table Tennis Championships 2021 in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.

Each tie in the women’s team has five matches, with a team needing to win three matches to win the tie.

In the first group game against Jordan, Tokyo Olympian Sutirtha Mukherjee and youngsters Archana Kamath and Ayhika Mukherjee helped secure a comfortable victory.

Sutirtha Mukherjee, ranked world No. 97, made light work of Jordan’s Bara Al-Wedian, beating her 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-4).

Archana Kamath, who is in good form having reached the quarter-finals of last week’s WTT Star Contender Doha, then beat Taimmaa Abo-Yaman 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-3).

Ayhika Mukherjee then finished off the tie with another 3-0 (11-7, 11-1, 11-1) victory over Yara Aldmaisy.

A few hours later, the Indian women went on to beat Nepal.

Youngster Sreeja Akula, playing her first match of the tournament, started things off with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8) win over Nepal’s Elina Maharjan.

Archana Kamath and Sutirtha Mukherjee then got their second wins of the day, beating Sikka Suwal and Evana Thapa, respectively.

The two wins propelled India to the top of Group 1 and they progressed to the semi-finals of the 1st division, where they will face Uzbekistan on Wednesday.

The winner and runners-up of the 1st division are then promoted to the champions division, where they will compete with six other teams for the title.