India might not have a significant fan-following when it comes to Table Tennis. However, players like Manika Batra has been giving absolutely everything to take the sport to a whole new level. Manika Batra did India proud time and time again as she has won five Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals for India.
Manika Batra was born on 15 June 1995. As of January 2019, Manika Batra is the top-ranked female table tennis player in the country and ranked 47th in the world. The Indian table tennis player specialises in playing long-pimples on her backhand, which is a rubber that is not often played by top players.
Manika Batra has reinstilled pride in women empowerment for coming through with flying colours at the Asian Games 2018 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.
Let’s take a look at the spectacular achievements that Manika Batra achieved in he career.
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Jakarta Palembang Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Women’s team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Women’s singles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Women’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed doubles
South Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s doubles
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong Women’s singles