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Asian Cup desk tennis | Manika Batra wins historic bronze 

Manik Batra is seen on the Asian Cup desk tennis championship in Bangkok. File
| Photograph Credit score: Thananuwat Srirasant

Barely hours after shedding her semifinal match to Japan’s second seed Mima Ito within the Asian Cup desk tennis event in Bangkok on November 19, 2022, Manika Batra produced a blinding efficiency to outclass one other Japanese Hina Hayata, World No.6 and the third seed, (4-2) 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-2 within the play-off match for the third place and bagged a historic bronze medal.

A giant shot-maker with an enormous backlift, the left-handed Hayata is a paddler able to producing winners from powerful positions and angles. Strategically, Manika largely nullified it by twiddling her racquet getting her lengthy pimpled rubber to do the remaining. Hayata struggled with the spin. However to scale back the Indian’s efficiency to ‘humorous’ rubbers shall be false. Manika by no means relented from going for assault. Whereas trailing or when forward, she saved her focus and continued together with her aggressive method.

The most effective instance surfaced within the fourth sport towards Hayata. Trailing 6-10, Manika, ranked 44 on this planet and unseeded on the Asian Cup, produced a string of forehand winners to win the sport at 12-10. 

To beat three world class gamers — Chen Xingtong (World No.7) within the pre-quarterfinals, Chen Szu-Yu (World No. 23) within the quarterfinals and Hayata (World No.6) now — isn’t any straightforward process, and Manika has proved the doomsayers all unsuitable with a efficiency to cherish for a very long time.

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