Poulomi qualifies

However, India’s representation in the event was reduced to just four players after six paddlers failed to go past the qualifying rounds.

Achanta Sharath Kamal, who got a direct entry, is the only Indian in the men’s singles main draw as Soumyadeep Roy, Abishek Ravichandran, Anthony Amalraj and Subhajit Saha fell in the qualifiers at different stages. Sharath Kamal has been drawn against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An in.

Poulomi Ghatak scored a hard-fought 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 17-15, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 win over Germany’s Maria Christoforaki in the qualifiers. Poulomi faces Japanese Hiroko Fujii in the first round. Mouma Das will open her campaign against Ayuka Tanioka. Mouma overcame Naomi Owen of Wales 11-6, 13-11, 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8.

Madhurika Patkar will clash with Hong Kong’s Wing Nam Ng after brushing aside the challenge of Brazllian Jessica Yamada 11-2, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8.

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