Manika Batra Shines Bright At The World Championship Against Hungary

Manika Batra Shines Bright At The World Championship Against Hungary

Manika Batra secured victories in both her singles matches as the Indian women’s team narrowly overcame Hungary 3-2, marking its inaugural win at the World Table Tennis Championships.

In a commendable turnaround, Manika rebounded from her previous defeats against China on Friday, where India narrowly missed a significant upset, falling short at 2-3. Facing off against Dora Madaras in the opening singles, Manika displayed resilience, clinching a hard-fought 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4 victory on Sunday.

Despite Manika’s triumph, Georgina Pota levelled the tie by securing an 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8 win over Sreeja Akula in the second singles, following Sreeja’s earlier stunning victory against world number 2 Wang Yidi.

Ayhika Mukherkjee, who defeated world number one Sun Yinghsa on Friday, propelled India to a 2-1 lead with a 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 triumph over Bernadett Balint. However, the competition intensified as Madaras overcame Sreeja 11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7 in the fourth singles, extending the contest to a decisive finale.

In the crucial decider against Pota, Manika maintained her composure, clinching an 11-5, 14-12, 13-11 victory. India’s upcoming group matches include encounters against Spain and Uzbekistan, while China, with three consecutive wins, remains the anticipated group leader.