Manika Batra: India’s most talented table tennis player

SportsTennisManika Batra: India's most talented table tennis player
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In the world of sports, India has been climbing the stairs of success step-by-step for the last few years. Indian players are writing India’s name on the sporting map with their dazzling performances in international events. Indian women players have especially made the country proud during this period. Manika Batra, one of the best-performing Indian women players in various sports, has achieved another feat by winning a bronze medal in the Asian Cup Table Tennis and she is the first woman player from India to do so.

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Manika’s name does not need any introduction for the sports lovers of the country. In the year 2020, Manika, who was awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s biggest sports honor, did not give up even after losing the women’s singles semi-final match in this competition played in Bangkok, Thailand and defeated Japan in the bronze medal match. Beating Hina Hayata, she finished third and became the first female player of the country to win any medal in the history of the tournament.

In the men’s section of the Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament, India was clinched a medal by the country’s talented Chetan Babur. Babur reached the men’s singles final in 1997 and won a silver medal. After this, in the year 2000, Chetan once again won the bronze medal and increased the number of medals of India.

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Born on 15 June 1995 in Delhi, Manika Batra is the youngest of three siblings. Elder sister Aanchal and brother Sahil used to play table tennis and seeing them playing, little Manika also started playing table tennis at the age of four. Seeing a glimpse of a future talented player in her game, it was decided to give her proper table tennis training at a very young age.

The very beautiful Manika received many modeling offers as a teenager, but she always preferred table tennis and even had to leave her studies midway to focus fully on the sport.

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Manika added another feather to her cap when she reached number five in the mixed doubles world rankings with compatriot S Gnanasekaran, the highest-ever ranking in the table tennis world rankings for an Indian pair.

The 27-year-old Manika, who has represented the country in the Olympic Games, is ranked 44th in the world and is considered to be the most talented and successful woman player the country has ever produced in the game of table tennis. In such a situation, it is very possible that in the coming days, he will give golden success to the country in other world competitions.

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