Gold Coast (Australia): A day after she won silver in the women’s doubles event, top-ranked Indian female paddler Manika Batra went one up on her performance and clinched a gold medal in the women’s singles Table Tennis final beating Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-0.
Batra did a clinical performance to win the contest 4-0 against Singapore’s Mengyu Yu and become the first Indian woman to win gold in the women’s singles event at the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier today, Batra showed that her crucial victory against world no. 4 Feng Tianwei in the team final was no fluke as the Indian edged out the Singaporean 4-3 in the women’s singles semifinals.
Besides guiding India to team gold, the 22-year-old had also paired up with veteran Mouma Das to win the country’s maiden women’s double silver.
She can add a fourth medal to what already has been a dream campaign so far when she plays the mixed doubles bronze play-off tomorrow.
Batra’s first step towards serious table tennis was in 2011, where she won a silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open. She went on to represent India at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games but had to settle for a quarterfinal finish.
Batra stormed back from the loss and won three medals in the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. There, she claimed silver in the women’s team event (with Ankita Das and Mouma Das) as well as the women’s doubles event (with Ankita Das) and bronze in the women’s singles event.
Batra qualified for the women’s singles event of the 2016 Olympics by winning the South Asia group of the qualification tournament in April 2016. But her appearance at Rio was short-lived, as she endured a first-round loss to Katarzyna Grzybowska of Poland the women’s individual event.