Indian Table Tennis player Manika Batra scripted history by defeating Hina Hayata and bad the bronze medal at the Asian Games. She clinched the victory at 4-2 success. She’s also the first Indian woman to get the medal.
“I am so happy to win the bronze medal in this Asian cup. This is really a big victory for me, defeating top players and it was so wonderful playing and fighting against them. I will continue this hard work and will give my best for my future tournaments. Just keep supporting and cheering for me Like always. Thank you everyone for being there for me.”– she said
Manika Batra defeats Hina Hayata to become the first Indian woman to win bronze in the Table Tennis Asian Cup
India’s former singles player Chetan Baboor is an Indian table tennis player who won two medals at the Asian cup. He bagged a silver medal in 1997 and a bronze in 2000. Her victory is sure to inspire all the young girls of India.
She had knocked out World no.7 Chen Xingtong, World No 23 Chen Szu-Yu, and World No.6 Hina Hayata on their way to the bronze. Unfortunately, she couldn’t win over Wang Yidi who’s World’s No.5, and had to settle for the bronze.
In this tournament. She started off by beating World No. 7 Chen Xingtong of China. She also won the first round of the contest 4-3 to get to the quarterfinal. After that, she played against World No 3. She defeated her 4-3 (6-11 11- 6 11-5 11-7 8-11 9-11 11-9) in the quarterfinals.
On Saturday, November 19, her eyes were on gold but ended with a 4-2 defeat to World’s No.5 Mima Ito. However, she won over Hayata 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, and 11-2.
At Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, the current Asian Cup is being held from November 17 to November 19.