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National Games: Sharath, Sathiyan and Manika move to quarters

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While Sharath defeated Jeet Chandra of West Bengal 7-11, 11-6, 8-11,11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (4-2), Sathiyan also eked out a 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 win over West Bengal's Ronit Bhanja.

Batra, on the other hand, was given a run for her money by Karnataka's Kushi V, scraping through to a 4-3 (4-11, 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7) victory in the women's singles pre-quarterfinals.

The Karnataka paddler knew that she had nothing to lose while playing against Batra and took the attack to her opponent. Having lost the opening game, Batra took the next two to take the lead but Kushi did well to keep pace with the world No.

45 and took the match in the decider. Batra took 5-1 lead at the change of ends in the 7th and final set but Kushi showed resilience and belief in her attack to level scores at 7-7.

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