On Saturday, Manika Batra became the first Indian female paddler to win a medal at the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup tournament. The bronze medal match was won by Hina Hayata, the world number six and three-time Asian champion by 4-2. Batra defeated her opponent 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-2.
Manika Batra bags historic bronze!
Earlier, she lost to Mima Ito by 2-4 (8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11). She played in the bronze medal match despite losing.
On Thursday, Batra defeated World No. 7 Chen Xingtong of China in the first round of the Asian Cup 2022 tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.
Batra defeated the fourth-seeded table tennis player 4-3 (8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9), playing at the Huamark Indoor Stadium.
Manika Batra wins bronze in Asian Cup; ends India’s 22-year medal drought
As a result, she qualified for the quarterfinals. To qualify for the semifinals, she defeated Chen Szu-Yu of Taiwan 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9).
Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, is hosting the current Asian Cup from November 17 to November 19.
Lucky point for Batra
The Japanese had the service at deuce, but an unforeseen fault-Hayata’s service hit the net and fell on her side-enabled Manika to go up with a luck point (11-10) and take the winning point.
However, the Japanese ran with a good lead in the next race to reduce the margin. In the sixth Manika Batra game, Manika changed her strategy, attacking from the beginning and conceding the first point. At 5-2, she managed to score another point. The Japanese became more error-prone as frustration set in, unable to keep the ball on the table even as Manika went from strength to strength to win 11-2.
In the round of 16, Manika upset World No.7 Chen Xingtong from China, then beat 23rd ranked Chen Szu-Yu of Taipei 4-3 in the quarter-finals to win bronze.
India won its third medal at the continental meet. Chetan Baboor was the only Indian table tennis player to win a medal at the Asian Cup before Manika.
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