Manika Batra 1st Indian woman to win CWG Gold in women’s singles table tennis

first_imgManika Batra became the first ever Indian player to win the table tennis women’s singles Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday.Manika put up a dominating show against Singapore’s Mengyu Yu to sweep the gold medal 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7), adding to her yellow metal from the women’s Team event at Gold Coast.Manika is only the second player from India after Sharath Kamal to win a singles medal in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games.With the medal, India’s tally beefed up to 53 medals (23 Gold, 13 Silver, 17 Bronze).Manika, coming in confidentally from her semi-final win against world No.4 Tianwei Feng from Singapore, did not let Yu settle into the match at all.Manika’s attacking gameplay along with the unpredictable spin she put on the balls helped her clinch the Gold.Just like the Team event, Manika troubled Yu with a lot of heavy top spin and inconsistent back spin. Not knowing what to expect from Manika next, Yu was unable to negotiate her strokes.Earlier in the day, Manika beat world No.4 Feng for the second time in this Commonwealth Games in her women’s singles semi-final.Manika had earlier beaten Feng in the women’s singles during the women’s Team event and she put up another show of absolute belief and resistance against the much higher ranked Singapore on Saturday.The semi-final was a see-saw battle as Manika and Feng alternated the first four sets. However, Feng won the fourth and fifth set to go up 3-2 up in the match and needing only one more set to go through the final.However, it was then that Manika turned up in the best possible fashion and matches Feng stroke-by-stroke to win the sixth set 11-9 and the final set 13-11 to become the first Indian woman to reach the women’s singles final.So far, Manika has 3 medals at CWG 2018 — the most by an Indian.advertisementlast_img

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