India’s Manika Batra clinched a historic gold medal in table tennis with her remarkable singles victories at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She defeated four-time gold-medallists Singapore 3-1.

Biggest Win of Her Career

Manika, currently ranked no. 58 in the world, trounced world number 4 and Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei. She then defeated Yihan Zhou in four games to confirm the gold medal for India. With this victory, Manika has helped the Indian women’s team win its first table tennis gold medal.

This is a big achievement because the Singapore women’s team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games. They had a remarkable win since the sport was introduced way back in 2002.

 

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Early Beginning

Manika is only 22 years old. She started playing table tennis at age of four after observing her two elder sisters play the game. She soon became the best player in the city and in the state.

At the age of 15, she won the silver medal in her first national level competition

Also: Women lead medal tally for India at Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast

Quit college for sport

She had to skip classes to keep up with the game. She even gave up college after a year to chase her table tennis dreams.

Top ranked Indian player

Manika reached quarterfinals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A year later, she 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. The youngster drew a lot of attention there for painting her nails in tri-colour.

Her inspirations

Sachin Tendulkar and Saina Nehwal are her inspirations.

Manika’s life revolves around her favourite sport. She even wears a racquet-shaped pendant.

SheThePeople.TV congratulates the young star!

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