Archana storms into Youth Olympics TT quarters

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IANS|09-Oct-2018 22:08

Buenos Aires, Oct 9 : Indias rising star Archana Kamath put up a spectacular fight to overcome Hong Kongs Lee Ka Yee and storm into the quarter-finals of the table tennis event at the Youth Olympics here on Tuesday evening.

Archana triumphed 4-2 in the women's singles to be just one step away from a medal in this super elite event.

Archana had to summon all her skills, energy and nerves to beat Lee in a gripping contest. Each game went down to the wire, with Archana showing more composure to win 14-12, 14-12, 9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 15-13.

She will play her quarter-final late in the evening -- early morning back home in India -- and a victory will ensure her a place in the Last 4 and at least a bronze medal.

"It was a tough match and I am glad I came through," she said shortly after her victory.

"I am feeling confident now and hope to get past the next hurdle too to get into the medals' bracket," she added.

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The country's other medal hope Manav Thakkar, however, couldn't emulate his compatriot and lost to top seed and former world junior champion Tomokazo Harimoto 1-4 in the men's singles pre-quarters.

Manav began on a rousing note, winning the first game 11-9. But he couldn't sustain the momentum and despite creating a number of opportunities lost the next four 8-11, 7-11, 8-11, 7-11.