Manika Batra’s Journey to Become the World’s Best Table Tennis Player

Manika Batra
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Manika is an Indian table tennis champion that was born on 15th June 1995 in New Delhi, India. She started playing at the age of four and, soon after, began to dominate the world of table tennis. She continued to play table tennis and develop herself as an athlete.

Manika Batra’s older siblings, Anchal and Sahil, were a massive inspiration for her. Her elder sister, Anchal, played a significant role in Manika’s early years of playing by supporting and teaching her the game. Because she was seriously pursuing professional Table Tennis, Manika even had to switch schools on multiple occasions to find better training opportunities. 

Manika Batra was spotted by her coach Sandeep Gupta at the state level and quickly moved his training academy to Hansraj Model School. From there, she was able to start training under San, who helped turn her into an international table tennis star.

After a while, she dropped out of college and focused on the sport. Everything was about table tennis. Despite her lack of academia, she was successful in table tennis. Eventually, she even became the world champion in this sport as well!

Manika Batra was eventually ranked fourth in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation. She started her career winning medals in district competitions and state meets. At the age of 15, she won her first national medal by winning Silver at the National Table Tennis Championships. She won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games, and from there was selected to compete in Rio 2016 and made her Olympic debut there.

The Rio Olympics didn’t turn out so well for the star athlete when she lost to her Polish rival Katarzyna Grzybowska during the first round of Woman’s Singles. 

Manika Batra didn’t become as famous as she is today without her impressive winning streak at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. She won a total of four medals-one Silver, one bronze, and two gold medals.

Her success in the Olympics has been a little shaky. In 2020, Manika Batra lost the chance to qualify in the Women’s Team event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Her defeat came in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers when she lost to her French rival, Marie Migot. However, a fortunate turn of events came when she re-qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics for the Mixed Double events and Woman’s Singles.