Monday, 21 May, 2018

CWG 2018: Manika Batra delivers maiden gold in women's singles table tennis

India's Mouma Das and Manika Batra celebrate a point during their women's doubles table tennis match.  AFP India's Mouma Das and Manika Batra celebrate a point during their women's doubles table tennis match. AFP
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 23:53

The 22-year-old dominated throughout as she beat Singapore's Meingyu Yu 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in the women's singles final in straight games.

This is her first Commonwealth Games medal and India 18th gold at the ongoing Games.

Among other success stories, Indian shuttlers claimed berths in seven semi-finals, while the women's doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das clinched the silver medal and seasoned men's doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan entered the summit clash in the table tennis competitions. India have so far bagged 7 gold medals on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

With this, Manika also became the first Indian woman to bag two gold medals in table tennis at Commonwealth Games. The men lost 1-2, and the women lost 0-6.

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India has 24 Gold Medals at CWG 2018 and 55 in total reaffirming its status as the third-ranked team in the Games. Australia and England are leading with 184 and 121 medals respectively.

In badminton, Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat to clinch a 21-8, 21-13 win over Canada's Rachel Honderich, while P.V. Sindhu also notched up a comfortable 21-14, 21-17 win over another Canadian, Brittney Tam.

Earlier today, Batra showed that her crucial victory against world no. 4 Feng Tianwei in the team final was no fluke as the Indian edged out the Singaporean 4-3 in the women's singles semifinals.

In the second semi-final, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost to England's Liam Pitchford and Yo Tin Tim by a similar margin 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 13-15. The Indian pair lost 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11.

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