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Manika Batra becomes first Indian woman to break into top-25 of world table tennis singles rankings | More sports News – Times of India

India's tables tennis icon Manika Batra reached a new pinnacle in her career, climbing to World No. 24 in the latest ITTF Rankings unveiled on Tuesday. This remarkable ascent saw her soar 15 spots, leaping from her previous position at No. 39. Not only did she secure her status as India's top-ranked player once again, surpassing Sreeja Akula, but at 25 years old, Manika also etched her name in history as the first Indian woman to break into the top 25 singles rankings. Her achievement mirrors the feat of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, who reached the same rank in 2019, marking the highest singles ranking attained by an Indian.Manika's remarkable rise was fueled by her stellar performance at the Saudi Smash tournament last week, where she orchestrated a stunning upset by defeating the formidable...
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How Manika Batra has upped her game: Tweaking service position, thinking on feet, extra yards in practice, a game plan

After never having won a single match at three Table Tennis’ Smash events (like Tennis’ Grand Slams), Manika Batra strung together three top-notch wins in a row at the Saudi Smash this week. Though she went down 4-1 to Hina Hayata on Thursday, the 28-year-old Indian did well to reach the quarters alongside 4 Chinese and 3 Japanese, the top tier of paddlers.Her deep foray into Last 8 at Jeddah also saw her crack her career-best world’s Top 23. Though two months out from the Paris Olympics, the heartening aspect for coach Aman Balgu is how the tall, fierce Indian, who was No.31 earlier, now has the world’s Top 20 firmly in her sights. Batra’s last 10 major defeats had come against 6 Chinese and 3 Japanese, and it was time to tell the Commonwealth Games champion that the minor gold medal f...