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Manika Batra becomes first Indian female paddler to break into top 25 in world rankings; now ranked 24th

Manika Batra rose to No. 24 in the career singles rankings after her success in the Saudi Smash, becoming the first Indian female paddler to break into the top 25 of the world rankings.

Manika Batra rose to No. 24 in the career singles rankings after her success in the Saudi Smash, becoming the first Indian female paddler to break into the top 25 of the world rankings. | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Women’s table tennis ace Manika Batra has risen to No. 24 in the singles rankings, setting a career high after her success at the Saudi Arabian Grand Slam, becoming the first person to enter the top 25 in the world. of indian female paddlers.

The 28-year-old Khel Ratna winner, ranked 39th before the tournament, moved up 15 places after reaching the quarter-finals in Jeddah.

Manika, the 2018 Commonwealth Games individual and team gold medalist, shocked multiple world champion and Olympic gold medalist Wang Manyu of China (second seed) by reaching the quarterfinals at the Saudi Smash.

This is also the first time that an Indian female player has advanced this far in the tournament. Manica advanced through the draw and ended up winning 350 points.

Manika created history last year in Hangzhou when she became the first Indian paddler to reach the women’s singles quarter-finals, she said in a post on Instagram. Her goal is to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

“Big confidence boost on the road to Paris 2024. Breaking into the top 25 and achieving the best ranking an Indian has ever achieved in the ITTF women’s singles rankings,” Manika wrote.

Manica also credits her coach Aman Balgu and Belarusian sparring partner Kirill Barabanov for bringing her success.

“Thank you all for your well wishes and support. Especially my coach @amanbalgu, my sparring partner @kirill_barabanov and my family for your continued support. Onwards and upwards towards Paris 2024,” she added.

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