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History Maker Manika Batra Wins Commonwealth Gold

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India has won its very first Women’s Singles table tennis gold medal at a Commonwealth Games with Manika Batra making history for the country at the 2018 edition of the event on the Gold Coast.

Influential in India’s gold medal winning campaign in the Women’s Team competition, Manika Batra earned her second win against Feng Tianwei in consecutive weeks to book her place in the title match where she would go on to face another Singapore athlete, Yu Mengyu.

Seeded one position above her rival, third seed Yu Mengyu entered the gold medal contest as the slight favourite for the victory but rather astonishingly the Singapore representative failed to register a single game win in the final.

Outstanding right from the start of the tie, Manika Batra stormed to a straight games victory (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) to make Commonwealth history for India.

“I feel very proud to have won and even more proud to have won for India. My aim was to win a gold medal for India and I did it! Here at the Commonwealth Games it is the best table tennis I have ever played. I have never played better. In the first game I was down 6-1; I said to myself I can recover and win and I did.” – Manika Batra

The bronze medal was awarded to 2014 champion Feng Tianwei following her six games win over Canada’s Zhang Mo (11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3).

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