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India’s Manika Batra stuns World No. 2 in WTT Saudi Smash and claims biggest scalp of her singles career – India Tribune

India’s Manika Batra stuns world number 2 in WTT Saudi Smash to claim the biggest scalp of her singles career (Photo: World Table Tennis/X)

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), May 6 (IANS) Top Indian female rower Manika Batra claimed the biggest scalp of her career as she represented world No. 2 Wang Manyu of China in a women’s singles Round of 32 in four matches at the WTT Saudi Smash on Monday.

Manika came back after losing the first game and won the next three to stun the Chinese top player and win the match 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10 in the 38-minute encounter played in Infinity Arena in King Abdullah Sports City.

Manika won 16 points on her serve, while her Chinese opponent bagged 14. She claimed 24 points on her opponent’s serve and once enjoyed a handy six-point lead against the world number 2.

The 28-year-old Indian had started her campaign in Saudi Smash with a 3-0 win over Spain’s Andreea Dragoman in the first round.

Manika, who is ranked 39th in women’s singles in the WTT World Rankings, was thrilled to win the biggest match of her singles career.

“Today was the biggest achievement of my singles career when I defeated world number 2 Wang Manyu. I have worked hard during my training with my coach, Aman Balgu, along with my practice partner and trainers and my hard work has paid off,” Manika said in a press release on Monday.

“I’m very happy because it wasn’t just a day of hard work, it takes days, months and years of hard work to achieve such results. I want to thank everyone who was there for me, encouraged me and supported me.

“I fought for every ball in the match and I will keep that fighting spirit high in the next match and upcoming tournaments,” Manika said.

Manika will next play Germany’s Nina Mittelham in a pre-quarterfinal match.

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