A new star in the making, Manika Batra has just scripted history again by defeating Singapore’s Yu Mengyu in the women’s singles finals to clinch another gold medal for India at Commonwealth Games, Australia.
After managing a gold medal in women’s team event, Manika has become the first Indian woman to win table tennis gold in women’s singles at CWG.
The 22-year old Indian dominated her higher ranked opponent to claim her maiden singles title by a 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) win over Yu Mengyu in the women’s singes final.
Manika seemed to be India’s biggest revelation in Gold Coast as this was the third medal for her in CWG 2018, a gold in team’s event and women’s singles, silver in women’s doubles and still she will play for her 4h medal tomorrow in mixed doubles bronze medal play-off.
She overcame world number four Tianwei Feng of Singapore 12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11 in the thrilling semi-final round. It was second consecutive win for Manika Batra over 3-times Olympic medalist T. Feng after getting a victory in the team event as well.
However, it was a heartbreak for Indian mixed doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal/Mauma Das who lost their respective match to Singapore’s Yu Mengyu/Gao Ning by 2-3.
Achanta Sharath Kamal lost his men’s singles match too in straight sets to no.1 seed Quadri Aruna of Nigeria. He will play for a bronze medal tomorrow.
Meanwhile, India’s doubles duo of Sharath Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will be up against England’s pair of Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford for a gold medal, the match is scheduled to be happen today at 4:30 PM IST.
India’s medal tally has moved up to 55 medals overall (24 Gold, 14 Silver, 17 Bronze).