Until just lately an rising table-tennis star, Manika Batra has changed into an in a single day sensation after her spectacular run within the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, the place she bagged medals in all 4 occasions on provide, together with an unprecedented gold within the girls’s singles and workforce championship. Regardless of incomes accolades for her current feats in Gold Coast, Manika still feels she has room for improvement, particularly on her health. “Well, I would need to work more on my fitness as the sport is very fast and it is required to beat the top players. I need to be a little fitter and need to be faster than what I am right now,” Manika advised IANS in an interview on return from the Gold Coast.
The 22-year-old upset triple Olympic medallist and World No four Feng Tianwei of Singapore to guide the Indian girls’s workforce to a historic gold earlier than beating Singapore’s second highest ranked Mengyu Yu within the girls’s singles semi-finals, on her strategy to one other gold.
When requested about her mindset earlier than taking up higher-ranked opponents, Manika stated she would not focus an excessive amount of on her rivals’ rankings.
“I do not think much about the opponent’s ranking when I face them as I believe I have my techniques in right place. But having said that I am really happy and satisfied to have beaten her (Feng) twice,” she stated.
“I had to change my game in both the matches and made little adjustments which helped me beat her. I knew I could win and stayed focused and stuck to my strategy,” the world No.48 added.
Manika additionally hoped that along with her current feat, she will replicate the success of the likes of shuttle queens Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in popularising desk tennis within the nation.
She stated that due to many good gamers within the nation, TT can turn out to be as fashionable as badminton within the nation, she stated.
“It is a wonderful feeling to have won so many medals in such a huge event and to have made the country proud. I was confident about my chances but never thought that I would win so many medals so, yeah, I am very happy about my achievements, she said adding that it was “surreal feeling and I hope to proceed my good work.”
Requested about her future targets, Manika stated: “I’m going for the World Staff Championships in Sweden from April 29. My goal clearly might be do nicely and hold profitable medals for the nation.”
Manika additionally credited the Final Desk Tennis (UTT) event for the publicity and for serving to her form her profession.
“The league clearly has helped loads, particularly the Indian gamers. We obtained the possibility to play and practice with the higher-ranked gamers which has helped us to study a factor or two,” she stated.
“Personally talking, I had performed and crushed greater ranked gamers final yr which clearly gave me a variety of confidence. I’m glad that it’s occurring once more and I’m actually trying ahead to it,” she added.