Manika Batra has been making headlines in India's table tennis scene for quite some time now. This young athlete has been consistently ranking high in international tournaments and has won multiple awards throughout her career. Let's take a closer look at the rise of India's top female table tennis player.
Batra was born on June 15, 1995, in Naraina Vihar, Delhi. She started playing table tennis at the age of four and was influenced by her elder sister Anchal, who was also a table tennis player. Batra soon became passionate about the sport and began training under coach Sandeep Gupta.
The Rise to Stardom
Batra has been consistently making headlines for her outstanding performances in international tournaments. In 2020, she was awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour. She also became the first Indian paddler to reach the third round at the Olympics in a singles event.
In 2021, Batra won the WTT Contender Budapest mixed doubles with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and the WTT Contender Lasko 2021 women's doubles with Archana Girish Kamath. She also participated in the 1st ever WTT Grand Smash event and settled for silver at the WTT Contender Doha 2022 with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in mixed doubles.
On April 5, 2022, Batra and Archana Girish Kamath reached the pair ranking of world no. 4, making it the highest ever ranking by an Indian table tennis player in all categories.
Conclusion Manika Batra's rise to stardom has been nothing short of impressive. Her passion and hard work have paid off, and she continues to make India proud in international tournaments. We look forward to seeing her achieve even greater success in the future