Manika Batra cruised to semifinals as Mouma Das crashes out

Vastavam web: Manika Batra cruised to the semifinals of the women’s singles even as experienced paddler Mouma Das ended her campaign of the Commonwealth Games here today.Manika, who played a stellar role in India’s historic gold in the women’s team event, notched up a win against Singapore’s Yihan Zhou 4-1. The Delhi paddler hardly broke a sweat in the first three games, winning 11-5 11-6 11-2.In the other women’s singles, Mouma was ousted by Yu Mengyu of Singapore 13-15 7-11 5-11 11-7 5-11.

Madhurika Patkar also crashed out of the event as she lost to England’s Kelly Sibley 9-11 8-11 11-2 3-11 11-8 6-11.In the men’s singles draw, Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan sealed quarterfinal berths.In the men’s double’s Sharath and Sathiyan reached the quarter finals as they outclassed the Sri Lankan pair of Buwaneka Jayasingha Mudiyanselage and Imesh Ranasingha 11-3 11-4, 12-10.The pair of Desai and Sanil Shetty also posted a comfortably over Northern Ireland’s Paul McCreery and Ashley Robinson 11-4 12-10 11-9 to book a quarterfinal berth.