Manika Batra has reinstilled pride in women empowerment for coming through with flying colours at the Asian Games 2018, being held at Jakarta, Indonesia. She wrote a success story for herself as she became the first Indian female Table Tennis player to win an Asiad medal.
For Manika, it was everything about performing rather than thinking about the result. When paired with Sharath Kamal, she stormed into the semifinals of the mixed doubles event. Her transition from the scratch to the virtual-semifinal clash means that she was already assured of a bronze medal.
She settled for the bronze after lacking to produce the killer punch in the semis. The pair comprehensively trounced North Korea’s An Ji Sing and Cha Hyo Sim to seal the berth in the last four. India’s record in the table tennis in the last 14 editions of the Asian Games was short of an effect as the nation was without a medal in the Table Tennis, facing a dry patch.
Finally, the duo won their first-ever medal in the Table Tennis at the Asian Games previously this week when India clinched a bronze medal in the men’s team event after troubling Japan in the quarterfinals. They then surrendered at the hands of South Korea in the semi-finals encounter.