Manika Batra on Saturday scripted history as the first Indian woman to bag the gold medal in table tennis singles final at CWG, Gold Coast. This is her third medal of the ongoing Commonwealth Games and her second gold.

High on confidence after guiding the Indian women’s team to a historic gold, and claiming the women’s doubles silver in table tennis, this is yet another feather in Manika’s cap.

With this achievement, the fabulous paddler has become the Twitterati’s own ‘golden girl’.

Manika trounced Singapore’s Mengyu Yu in a clinical performance 4-0 to win the contest and won her third medal at the tournament. She showed a dominance on the table from the very beginning of the match.

She clinched her first gold in the women’s team event earlier this week. The Indian won it 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 and 11-7. On April 13, Manika along with Mouma Das won the silver in the women’s doubles final. They lost 0-3 to Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu.

Earlier in the day, she won a crucial women’s singles semifinals against world no. 4 Feng Tianwei to edge past the Singaporean 4-3. She entered the finals and won hearts of millions.

With this victory, Manika has now became a famous name at the podium. She had reached quarterfinals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A year later, Manika helped India bag a team silver and women’s doubles silver in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship. She qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by winning the South Asia Group qualification tournament.

This win leaves us with a hope. When on Sunday, Manika battles the mixed doubles bronze play-off, would she ensure a fourth medal for the country? We certainly pray so!

Watch this space for more updates.

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