Manika BATRA

Inde IND

Tennis de Table

  • Participations
    2
  • Première participation
    Rio 2016
  • Année de naissance
    1995
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Biographie

Manika BATRA

A Commonwealth Games gold medallist, a two-time Olympian and winner of multiple other honours, Manika Batra is one of the true stars of Indian table tennis.

At Tokyo 2020, Manika Batra became the first women’s table tennis player from India to make it to the round of 32 in singles at an Olympics.

Manika Batra, though, first rose to fame at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia when she bagged four medals, two of them gold.

Before that, Manika Batra had won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games and made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Whilst table tennis was her first love - she began playing with her siblings from an early age - the Delhi-born Manika Batra turned down modelling offers in her teens to concentrate on the sport.

Manika Batra aspires to do for table tennis in India what PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal did for badminton in the country.

“Like table tennis, badminton wasn't so famous (in India),” Manika Batra said. “But the amount of recognition they have got for badminton, I would also like to take table tennis to greater heights in India.”

In fact, she loves table tennis so much, she even wears a racket and ball-shaped pendant round her neck.

Like her idol Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra qualified for her maiden Olympics when she was 21. Although she was knocked out in the first round at Rio, it was a good learning curve for the Indian.

In 2017, she rose to world No. 104 on the ITTF rankings, making her the highest-ranked female table tennis player from India. Manika Batra and Mouma Das created history when they became the first Indian table tennis pair to enter the quarter-finals of the World Table Tennis Championships.

Her rapid ascent saw her greatest accomplishment so far at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when she won the women’s singles gold, beating Singapore’s Yu Mengyu in the final.

The win made Manika Batra the first Indian woman table tennis player to win an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

She also led the Indian women's team to a gold medal after beating four-time gold medalists Singapore in the final. The feat was even more impressive considering that the Singapore women's table tennis team was unbeaten in the Commonwealth Games since 2002.

Manika Batra also added a mixed doubles bronze along with Sharath Kamal at the 2018 Asian Games.

She won the ITTF’s ‘Breakthrough Star’ award later in the same year, and remains the only Indian table tennis player to receive the accolade.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Manika Batra beat Tin-Tin Ho and pulled off an upset win over higher-ranked Margaryta Pesotska in the round of 64 before falling to Sofia Polcanova in the round of 32, making her the first Indian woman to reach that stage.

Post Tokyo 2020, Manika Batra made further history when she, along with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, became the first Indians to win a WTT event after clinching the mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender Budapest in 2021.

Manika Batra has established herself comfortably among the top-100 in women’s singles over the past few years and is a regular competitor at some of the biggest events on the world table tennis calendar.

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Tokyo 2020

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Mixed Doubles
Mixed Doubles Table Tennis
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Women's Singles
Women's Singles Table Tennis
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Rio 2016

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Singles
Singles Table Tennis

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