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Tokyo Olympics Table Tennis Draw: Full schedule, matches and opponents of Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Sathiyan and Sutirtha Mukherjee

All the LIVE updates, schedule, matches on the Table Tennis Draw at Tokyo Olympics
Updated: 21 July 2021 17:24 IST - Published: July, 21 2021 01:20 PM IST
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So that is the draw. Although a little difficult for India, we hope the paddlers can make it count. Thank you for tuning in! 
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Tough draw?

While the mixed doubles pair of Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will run into the third seeds in the first round, Sharath Kamal is slated to meet Rio Olympics champion Ma Long in the third round in men's singles, should he win his second round match. 

Similarly, Sathiyan will lock horns with Japan's Harimoto, who is a sensation, in the third round, if he wins his second round matches.  

Manika Batra will meet Tin-Tin Ho in the first round. Although the England player has lost to Indians earlier, she is capable of springing a surprise. Manika needs to be wary of her right from the word go.  

On the other hand, Sutirtha Mukherjee will be up against Linda Bergström, who is ranked 78 on the circuit, in the first round. 
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Sathiyan, Sharath men singles matches

After a bye in the first round, Sathiyan will meet either Brian Afanador (PUR) or Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang in the second round before running into Japanese teen-sensation Tomokazu Harimoto in the third round. 

Sharath Kamal will also get a bye in the first round, slated to play either Portugal's Tiago Apolónia or Nigeria's Olajide Omotayo in the second round and will meet China's Ma Long in the third. 
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Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan get a bye in round one

India's top male paddlers Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan get a bye in the first round in the men's singles draw. 
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Sutirtha Mukherjee's singles draw

India's Sutirtha Mukherjee will face Sweden's Linda Bergström in the first round. 

The Indian will next have to stave off a challenge from Portugal's Yu Fu in the second round and face host nation's Mima Ito in the third round. 
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Manika Batra's singles draw

Manika Batra to face Great Britain's Ho Tin-Tin in Round 1, will be up against Ukraine's Margaryta Pesotska in the second round and meet Sofia Polcanova of Austria in the third. 
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Women's singles TT draw
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Manika-Sharath to face third seeds in opener

India's Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal will face Chinese Taipei's Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-Ching, the third seeds, in their opening mixed doubles match. 
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How Sathiyan has prepared for the Games

Every athlete makes sure they leave no stone unturned while preparing for the Olympics. And India's Sathiyan too has done the same. 

In October 2020, after a forced seven-month break caused by Covid-19, he flew to Japan to play for the Japanese T-league team Okayama Rivets. He was the first Indian paddler to feature in the League. 

G. Sathiyan says playing in Japan was like "pre-Olympic preparation"! 
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How Manika Batra is living the TT dream

Manika Batra has chalked out her plans clearly. The Indian paddler wants to win a gold medal at the Olympics and help table tennis gain popularity by paving the way for more youngsters to take up the sport.
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Who will be Sathiyan's best friend at the Tokyo Olympics? 

Before every game at the Tokyo Olympics, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will have to spend long hours with his mobile phone! 

Read the below link to know why! 
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All you need to know about Indian TT at Tokyo Olympics

Sharath Kamal will be making his fourth appearance at the Games. 

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sutirtha Mukherjee qualified for the quadrennial event in their respective categories at the Asian qualifiers in Doha in March. 

The mixed pair of Manika Batra and Sharath confirmed their Tokyo Olympic berth on the basis of the rankings. 

The competition will begin on July 24 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

We have much more information in the article below. 
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Good afternoon and welcome to Sportskeeda's LIVE updates of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 table tennis draw. 

India has four paddlers playing at the Summer Games - Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Manika Batra. 

The draw will determine the opponent's of Indian paddlers, their matches, their schedule and let us hope the Indians get a relatively easy draw. 

The table tennis draw will be held later today and we will give you all the updates as and when the draw happens.
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