Three Months ago, when 23-year-old Delhi girl Manika Batra scored a pulsating win over Mengyu Yu of Singapore in the women’s table tennis individual final, Batra became the first-ever Indian woman paddler to achieve the feat. Earlier in the games, Batra’s win over world number 4 Tianwei Feng of Singapore in the women’s team finally had set up Indian women’s team’s win over Singapore and the Delhi girl is raring to go for the upcoming Asian Games.
“I have been practicing under my coach Sandeep Gupta in Delhi and after participating in the National Ranking Tournament in Indore, I will be playing in Platinum Pro tour in Korea and Australia. After these two tournaments, the Indian team will undergo a training camp before the Asian Games and my focus will be to improve my world ranking before the Asian Games. Winning the individual gold medal after winning over world number 4 Tianwei Feng of Singapore in the semi-finals was a special feeling and it will add to my confidence. The fact that we also won the women’s team gold medal apart from women’s doubles silver medal will put us in better shape ahead of Asian Games. Asian Games will see tough competition as there are teams like China, Korea, Japan and Singapore but I will try to give my best,” said Batra, who is currently ranked 81 in world rankings.
Batra was playing in her first national ranking tournament post the CWG success and claimed the women’s title in the North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex with an 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 14-1 win over Kritwika Sinha Roy of Bengal on Tuesday. Batra had won the title win in North Zone National Ranking tournament in Noida last year too. Roy had three match points in the final but Batra fought her way hard to emerge as the winner. The Delhi player termed playing in national tournaments important.