“Beating the highest ranked players…” Manika Batra


By Vivek Prabhakar Singh Indian star paddler Manika Batra won a bronze medal at the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup tournament on Saturday and became the first Indian table tennis player to win a medal at the event.

“Of course, I’m really happy. I’m the first Indian to win a medal in the Asian Cup. I’m happy and beating so many good players like top players was also a feat for me. I’m really happy with my performance,” Manika Batra said speaking exclusively to ANI after winning the medal. The multiple Commonwealth Games gold medalist took on three-time champion and world No. 6 Hina Hayata, but the rankings and seedings didn’t bother the Indian paddler much.

“To be honest, I didn’t know and I didn’t check his ranking before I went. So, yeah, I just played my best, I think, in the whole tournament and if I say I I was motivated in this whole tournament from the start, from a round of 16. I think that really helped me throughout the tournament. I was motivated, I had this confidence in myself that I could. I don’t know to win, but I had confidence that I could play well and I could win against them. . So I think that really helped me in court. I had this confidence in myself that I could do it. do,” explained Manika Batra. The 27-year-old started the tournament with a bang by beating world number 7 Chen Xingtong of China. Competing at the Huamark Indoor Stadium, world number 44 Batra beat tennis player from table fourth seed 4-3 (8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9).

“When the first day of the draw came, I learned that I was playing against Chen Xingtong. So it once occurred to me that I was playing against a Chinese player. I was focused and I didn’t really think she was from China or her world ranking is good. As I always see, I don’t see a ranking. I just try my best in the chart and I gave and I think that really worked,” said Manika Batra. Following this, she qualified for the quarter-finals. In the QFs, she defeated Chen Szu-Yu of Taiwan by 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9) to qualify for the semi-final-final.

“I was happy for a while to beat a Chinese player Chen Xingtong, but then I was back in that area where it’s not over yet. I just have to keep that focus and keep playing like that and to play the game like that so it helped me not to get into an overconfidence and too happy zone,” said Manika Batra Manika Batra lost to Mima Ito of Taiwan in the semi-finals by 2-4 (8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11) Despite losing, she played in the bronze medal match and won the award.

“Ito Mima is a great player and I gave my best. I learned a lot from this game which I will work on and after that of course I was upset but then I thought that the games were not over. There is still a game to play so it is important to continue and continue to play in this spirit. So, I just kept this spirit when I went to the field against Hina Hayata. I was just fighting for every ball and that helped me a lot to fight for every point,” Batra explained. The Asian Cup medalist is grateful for the support she has received from her family, the Ministry of Sports, SAI, Belarus Savings Partner and her sponsors managed by IOS.

“Of course I play the game so first I would give myself credit but of course but there are many who have supported me especially my family who were there for me every time despite winning or losing. They have been supporting me and motivating me and I really want to thank them Of course there are people at SAI, TOPS everyone was there my sponsors and of course my savings partner who is from Belarus who helped me. “always encouraged and was there for me to train whenever I needed it. I want to thank them all and the fans who supported me. The messages they sent me,” said said Manika Batra. Manika Batra’s historic feat has raised the expectations of Indian fans and indeed this victory will boost their morale and confidence for the upcoming Asian Games scheduled for China next year. (ANI)

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