Manika Batra won the 82nd National Senior Table Tennis Championship. She defeated Reeth Rishya 8-11, 10-12, 11-1, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula.
♦ Batra will now participate in two WTT (World Team Tennis) contender competitions starting on February 28th.
♦ Next are the World Olympic Qualifiers and the Asian Olympic Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Doha on March 14th and 18.
♦ Manika Batra: She is a table tennis player in India. As of November 2020, she is the highest-ranked female table tennis player. She is ranked 63rd in the world. The player specializes in long-pimples on her backhand. Top players usually don’t play. In 2020, she also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
♦ Achievements of Manika: She won a silver medal in the 2011 Chile Open (under 21) category. She also represented India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She completed the quarter-finals. She also participated in the 2014 Asian Games. In 2015, Manika Batra won three medals at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. In 2018, she was the only Indian to receive the “Breakthrough Star Award” from ITTF. Although in 2020, she was unable to get a position in the women’s team competition of the Tokyo Olympics in India.
♦ Indian table tennis is a popular indoor leisure sport in the country. It mainly performed in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. The Indian Table Tennis Federation is the official sports organization of the sport. As of 2019, the Indian men’s team ranked 10th in the world and the women’s team ranked 22nd.