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Three more Indians join Manika in women singles main draw of World Table Tennis

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Three more paddlers, Suthirta Mukherjee, Madhurika Patkar and Archana Kamath qualified to join Manika Batra in the main draw, Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar were just a match away from making the cut at the World Table Tennis Championships in  Budapest on Monday .

As per the information received ,Madhurika defeated Catherine Spicer of Trinidad and Tobago 11-3, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, Suthirta beat Rachel Moret of Switzerland 14-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 and Archana overcame Slovak’s Eva Odorova 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 to top their respective groups.

Archana, who had a tough opening yesterday when she struggled to beat Ivana Petric of Montenegro 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5, today she was 0-2 down before sizing up her Slovak opponent to win the last four games.

However  it was rather easy for Madhurika who beat Latvia’s Sabina Musajeva 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 and Suthirtha won over Celia Baah Danso of Ghana 11-4, 11-5, 11-1, 11-8 in their  group matches.

Manika, because of her world rankings, was one of the top 64 women paddlers who had received direct entry into the second stage.

In men singles qualification rounds, Amalraj and Manav had topped their respective groups but will have to play their preliminary round to make the main draw cut where they will join both G. Sathiyan and A. Sharath Kamal.

After beating  Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6 yesterday in the first group match,Manav defeated Nicholas Tio of the US 11-6, 11-9, 13-11, 12-14, 11-3 today to secure the top place in the group. 

Amalraj who got a walkover from Kodjo Boccovi from Togo yesterday had to just win a match against Allan Gutierrez from Gautemala which he accomplished with ease, winning the second group match 11-6, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7.

The preliminary matches that will decide the fate of the two Indians are slated later tonight with Amalraj taking on Tom Jarvis of England and Manav facing Leonardo Mutti of Italy.

 The doubles pairs of Sathiyan and Sharath and Manav Thakkar and Amalrath have received direct entries into the main draw but in women doubles, only the first Indian pair of Manika Batra and Archana have been given the privilege.

The second duo of Suthirta and Madhurika has to qualify against Lativa’s Sabina Musajeva and Inta Zdanovska to book their second stage slot.  

Budapest opens doors to migratory trespassers after a 2-day stand off

Newsroom24x7 Desk

budapestBudapest, Hungary : After a two day stand off, the main railway station in Hungarian capital, Budapest opened its doors to hundreds of trespassing migrants and allowed them passage. Waiting tirelessly since hours, the migratory individuals rushed towards this relief gate.

People could be seen pouring upon steps towards the platform after the station doors were opened. Kept on a wait since Tuesday, with a hope to be able to travel west from Budapest, the relief was far beyond expression in words, as migrants cut across the open doors of hungarian railway station.

It came in, as Hungary’s anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban was due in Brussels for talks on the migrant crisis. The relief is not complete though – because these trespassers have been just taken in, into the railway station croossover, but full movement is not available as yet. Even though migrants have been allowed into the station today, no trains are running to western Europe. The wait continues as of now, albeit with some interim relief of stay put within the railway station in Budapest.

Number of migrants entering Europe has reached record levels, with 107,500 arriving in July alone. Germany itself expects to take in 800,000 migrants this year – four times last year’s total. The surge in numbers has created tension and disagreement over EU policy on migration.