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Tokyo Olympics: Sharath Kamal India’s lone surving paddler after Day 3

Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal emerged as the only Indian survivor among the paddler at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

The 39-year-old Indian defeated Portugal’s Tiago Polonia in six sets 2-11 11-8 11-5 9-11 11-6 11-9 in a 49 minutes clash. Sharath will take on defending champion Ma Long from China in the third round.

However, it was a disappointment for India in women’s singles as Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee were knocked out after losing their matches.

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Manika Batra was no match 10th seed Sofia Polcanova of Austria in her third-round class. The Austrian won 11-8, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 in 25 minutes.

Sutirtha Mukherjee was outclassed by Portugal’s Yu Fu 3-11, 3-11, 5-11, 5-11 India second round.

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