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India At Asian Games 2023, Table Tennis: Sutirtha And Ayhika Mukherjee Claim Historic Women's Doubles Bronze

India At Asian Games 2023, Table Tennis: Sutirtha And Ayhika Mukherjee Claim Historic Women's Doubles Bronze

They fought hard, and took it to a deciding seventh game, but Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee could not win their semifinal in Hangzhou. Nevertheless, they brought home India's first-ever women's doubles table tennis bronze at the Asian Games

Indian womens doubles table tennis pairing of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee
Indian women's doubles table tennis pairing of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee

Sutirtha Mukherjee and Auhika Mukherjee's giant-slaying run ended with a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games after the Indian duo lost the closely-fought women's doubles semifinal 3-4 to North Korea in Hangzhou on Monday. Sutirtha and Ayhika lost 3-4 (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 2-11) to Suyong Cha and Sugyong Pak but grabbed the bronze following a sensational victory over world champions from China on Saturday. (Medal Tally | Schedule | Full Coverage | Sports News)

With the result, the Indian challenge ended at the Games. The medal came from an unexpected event with the Indian duo had earlier beating the Chinese pair of Meng Chen and Yidi Wang in the quarterfinals.

In 2018, India made history by picking up an unprecedented men's team and mixed doubles bronze. 

The difference in the contest on Monday from the quarterfinal match was the fact that the North Koreans were not as troubled in the game by the anti-spin rubber of Ayhika unlike the rattled Chinese pair.

The Indians needed to sustain the attack in the last game but were not able to do so. In fact, the North Koreans went on a counter-offensive to take a 6-1 lead.

The spirited Indian pair had no answer to that and their fate was sealed when Sutirtha netted a forehand.

Nevertheless, it was still a monumental achievement by the Indians who are now ready to build on their success.

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