CWG Table Tennis: Manika Batra wins India’s first women’s singles gold

Manika Batra created history by winning India’s first ever women’s singles table tennis gold at the Commonwealth Games with a 4-0 win over Yu Mengyu in the final.

Manika Batra continued her good run in the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.   -  AFP

India's paddlers have enjoyed a fruitful run in the Commonwealth Games, but on Saturday, all that seemed a prelude to a historic moment — Manika Batra provided India's first ever gold medal in the women's singles category in the Games.

Manika's win also put an end to the Singaporean supremacy in the discipline. Manika defeated Mengyu Yu in straight sets, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7, and with utmost ease. The Indian seemed to be
in a hurry as she hardly gave any room for her rival to bring out her range of shots from her arsenal.

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Megyu was left stunned as Manika carried on with her attacking game. She moved away when the offence got going but returned quickly enough to put the ball wide of the Singaporean with a mix of smashes and well-timed drop shots.

'Easy final'

Little wonder, then, that Manika, exhausted after a long day, was virtually dazed at her own accomplishment before she regaining composure to comment on her impressive performance.

She said, “The experience here has been a quite noteworthy one, though it will take some time to sink in that I am now the Commonwealth Games champion. But then, I have been working hard for this day, which has been a very good one for me. It was a tough semifinal against Tianwei Feng, the World No. 4. but it was an easy final. I am feeling very happy from inside and am proud of my country.”

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