WTT Star Contender Doha: Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ahyika Mukherjee make winning starts in qualifying

While World No 95 Sutirtha registered a dominating 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 victory over Ala Mohamed of Qatar, World No 131 Ahyika notched up an easy 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 win against Qatar's Maha Faramarzi.

Press Trust of India March 06, 2021 22:27:12 IST
WTT Star Contender Doha: Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ahyika Mukherjee make winning starts in qualifying

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Doha: Indian paddlers Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ahyika Mukherjee started their campaign at WTT Star Contender Doha with comfortable victories in the first round of the women's singles qualifying event on Saturday.

While World No 95 Sutirtha registered a dominating 11-9, 11-3, 11-6 victory over Ala Mohamed of Qatar, World No 131 Ahyika notched up an easy 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 win against Qatar's Maha Faramarzi.

Bronze medallist at the recently-concluded National Championship, Sreeja Akula went down fighting in a five-gamer against Japan's Sakura Yokoi.

Akula was trailing 2-1 before making a strong comeback to make it 2-2. However, the Indian couldn't sustain the momentum and lost the match 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11.

Later on Saturday, Diya Chitale and Archana Kamath will be in action in the women's singles qualifying round one.

Among men, World No 73 Harmeet Desai and World No 99 Anthony Amalraj will begin their campaign in the first round in the singles qualifying.

Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who are ranked 32 and 37 in the world respectively, have received direct entry into the men's singles main draw while World No 63 Manika Batra has also earned a place in the women's singles main draw.

In the mixed-doubles category, the Indian pair of Manika and Sharath have received a bye in the first qualifying round. The duo will begin its campaign on Sunday.

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