Manika Batra: India’s star table tennis player Manika Batra suffered a major setback on Saturday as she missed out on the title in the Asia Cup. Manika had to face defeat in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup Table Tennis tournament in Bangkok. She became the first Indian woman to reach the semi-finals of this tournament. However, he could not get success in winning the title. Had she reached the final, she would have been able to win at least a silver medal.
Manika Batra was defeated by Japanese player in the semi-finals
The dream journey of country’s star table tennis player Manika Batra came to an end on Saturday in the Asian Cup Table Tennis Tournament-2022. She was defeated by Japan’s fourth seed Mima Ito in the semi-finals and was shown her way out of the tournament. Unseeded Manika Batra became the first Indian woman to reach the semi-finals of this continental tournament. She went down 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11 (2-4) against the world number five table tennis player.
World No. 44 Manika Batra had defeated her higher-ranked Chen Hsu Yu of Chinese Taipei 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Manika holds the record for the best performance among Indians in the 39-year history of the Asian Cup. Earlier in 2015, male table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal and in 2019, G Sathiyan finished sixth. The top Indian player had earlier defeated world number seven Chen Jingtong of China.
Manika Batra defeated Hina Hayata
After suffering a semi-final loss, Manika Batra will take on world No. 6 and three-time Asian champion Hina Hayata for the bronze medal. In this match, he won the bronze medal by defeating Hina 4-2. Manika Batra has become the first Indian woman paddler to win a medal in the Asian Cup Table Tennis Tennis tournament.