Table tennis at Tokyo 2020: Watch Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal live

India’s Sutirtha Mukherjee and G Sathiyan will also compete in table tennis at Tokyo. Watch Olympics table tennis live!

By Abhishek Purohit
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India will have four participants in table tennis at the Tokyo Olympics: Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee.

Table tennis matches at Tokyo 2020 will be held from 24 July to 6 August at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

While Sharath and Sathiyan will compete in men’s singles, Manika and Sutirtha will participate in women’s singles. Sharath and Manika will also feature as a pair in the mixed doubles category, which will be making its Olympics debut.

At the 2018 Asian Games, India won two medals, a bronze each in in men’s team and mixed doubles events. India will not feature in the team events at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sharath and Manika had secured their Olympic mixed doubles berth by beating the then world No. 8 (now No. 6) Korean pair of Jihee Jeon and Sangsu Lee at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha in March this year.

In singles, Olympic debutants G Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee topped the regional qualification group, while Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra made the Tokyo cut for being the highest-ranked second-placed players in qualifying.

Set for his fourth Olympics, Sharath has said that his and Manika’s contrasting styles give them an advantage in the mixed event. Manika, in her second Olympics, can slow the pace down while Sharath can ramp it up with his power game, which can throw opponents off their rhythm.

There are 16 pairs in the Tokyo Olympics mixed doubles competition, so a pair has to win three matches in order to secure a medal.

Sharath and Manika will have a challenging encounter upfront, as they have been drawn against Chinese Taipei’s third seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching.

In men’s and women’s singles, a player who has not received a bye will have to win six matches to get on the podium.

Manika and Sutirtha will start in the first round in women’s singles against Great Britain’s Tin-Tin Ho and Sweden’s Linda Bergstrom, respectively.

Sharath and Sathiyan have received byes courtesy their seedings (20th and 26th) and will begin from the second round in men’s singles.

Sharath could run into Rio 2016 champion Ma Long of China in the third round, and Sathiyan could face Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the third seed.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics table tennis schedule for Indian players and live India start times

All times are in India Standard Time (IST)

24 July, Saturday

Mixed doubles, round of 16: Sharath Kamal Achanta / Manika Batra vs Lin Yun Ju / Cheng I Ching - 8.30 AM IST

Women’s singles, round 1: Manika Batra vs Tin-Tin Ho - 12.15 PM IST

Women’s singles, round 1: Sutirtha Mukherjee vs Linda Bergstrom - 1.00 PM IST onwards

25 July, Sunday

Men’s singles, round 2: G Sathiyan vs Brian Afanador (Puerto Rico) or Lam Siu Hang (Hong Kong)

Men’s singles, round 2: Sharath Kamal Achanta vs Tiago Apolonia (Portugal) or Olajide Omotayo (Nigeria)

Women’s singles, round 2

Mixed doubles, quarter-finals

Mixed doubles, semi-finals

26 July, Monday

Women’s singles, round 2

Women’s singles, round 3

Men’s singles, round 3

Mixed doubles, bronze medal match

Mixed doubles, gold medal match

27 July, Tuesday

Women’s singles, round 3

Women’s singles, round of 16

Men’s singles, round 3

Men’s singles, round of 16

28 July, Wednesday

Women’s singles, quarter-finals

Men’s singles, quarter-finals

29 July, Thursday

Women’s singles, semi-finals

Women’s singles, bronze medal match

Women’s singles, gold medal match

Men’s singles, semi-finals

30 July, Friday

Men’s singles, bronze medal match

Men’s singles, gold medal match

Where to watch Tokyo Olympics table tennis live in India?

Fans can watch live telecast of the Tokyo Olympics table tennis tournament on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony Six and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.

Live streaming of the Olympic table tennis will be available on Sony Liv.

_Live broadcast subject to Sony.