Manika Batra (born 15 June 1995) is an Indian women’s table tennis player. As of November in the year 2020, Batra is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 50th in the world among all other players as of March 2022. She was also awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna in the year 2020.
Education and Family Life
Manika Batra was born on 15 June 1995 because the youngest of three children. She hails from Naraina Vihar in Delhi and commenced playing Ping-Pong at the age of 4. Her elder sister Anchal and elder brother Sahil both played table games. Anchal influencing her during her early playing career. After winning a match in a very state-level under-8 tournament, Batra decided to coach under coach Sandeep Gupta who suggested she modify to Hans Raj Model School where he ran his academy.
A career in Commonwealth games
Batra won a total of three gold medals at the year in 2016 South Asian Games. Which was winning the women’s doubles event (with Pooja Sahasrabudhe). Batra was denied a fourth medal at the Games by Mouma Das. Who defeated her in the final of the women’s singles event. She also got qualified for the women’s singles event in the year of the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning the South Asia group of the qualification tournament in April 2016. However, her appearance at the 2016 Olympics was short-lived. As she lost to Katarzyna Grzybowska of Poland in the first round of the women’s event. The Singapore women’s Ping-Pong team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games. Since the game was inducted within the program in 2002. Batra defeated world number 4 Feng Tianwei also as Zhou Yihan in India’s 3–1 win in the final Tournament.