Indian women qualify for main draw of TT Team Worlds

Kuala Lumpur, March 2: Indian women qualified for the main draw after topping group G with a 3-0 crushing victory over Croatia in the Table Tennis World Championships here on Wednesday. In the Second Division last group match, the Indian paddlers won the first three matches to make it a one-sided affair. Manika Batra beat Lea Rakova 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6 to provide the lead which was then consolidated by Mouma Das who defeated Yuan Tian 13-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2. In the third singles, K. Shamini downed Ivana Tubikanec 14-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3 to make it 3-0. Yesterday, in the late evening match, the women’s team got a walkover from Nigeria. India's men's team, after the third round reverse against Nigeria beat Switzerland 3-0 in a late evening match on Tuesday and they are scheduled to play Slovakia later on Wednesday to complete their group F engagements and the results of which will decide their fate.  The Nigerians are leading the points table with eight while the Indians are just behind them with seven points.