WTT Star Contender Doha: Indian TT players look for improved showing before Olympic qualifiers

Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee will hope to gather momentum ahead of the all-important events. Watch table tennis live!

By Rahul Venkat

The first international tournament in almost a year – the WTT Contender Doha – was a disappointing affair for the Indian table tennis contingent.

Three-time Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal was the best Indian – reaching the Round of 16 in the men’s singles – while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran was knocked out in the first round.

None of the women – including Commonwealth Games champion Manika Batra and former national champion Sutirtha Mukherjee – managed to make the main draw in the singles or doubles.

However, the second tournament in the WTT Middle East Hub – the WTT Star Contender Doha from March 8-13 – offers an opportunity to those four players to gather some much-needed momentum before the World and Asian Olympic qualifiers.

This time around, three of the contenders – Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra – have been given direct entry to the main draw of the singles events at the WTT Star Contender Doha.

Sutirtha Mukherjee will have to go through three rounds of qualifiers in the singles to reach the main draw while she and Manika Batra could make the women’s doubles main draw if five teams drop out.

Meanwhile, G Sathiyan – who is nursing a slight shoulder injury – has chosen to focus only on the singles and has opted out of both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles at the WTT Star Contender Doha.

Indian table tennis squad for WTT Star Contender Doha

Men’s Singles

Main Draw – Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal

Qualifiers – Harmeet Desai, Anthony Amalraj

Women’s Singles

Main Draw - Manika Batra

Qualifiers – Sutirtha Mukherjee, Archana Kamath, Ayhika Mukherjee, Sreeja Akula, Diya Chitale

Men’s Doubles

Waiting list – Harmeet Desai/Manav Thakker

Women’s Doubles

Waiting list – Manika Batra/Sutirtha Mukherjee, Archana Kamath/Diya Chitale, Ayhika Mukherjee/Sreeja Akula

Mixed Doubles

Qualifiers – Manika Batra/Achanta Sharath Kamal

WTT Star Contender Doha schedule

Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Qualifiers: Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7

Main Draw: Monday, March 8 - Saturday, March 13

Where to watch WTT Star Contender Doha live in India?

Live streaming of the WTT Star Contender Doha table tennis competition will be available on World Table Tennis’ official YouTube channel.