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Manika Batra Makes History: First Indian Woman Cracks Top 24 in World Table Tennis Rankings

Indian table tennis star Manika Batra has etched her name in history, becoming the first Indian woman to break into the coveted top 25 of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Women’s Singles Rankings. This remarkable feat, achieved in May 2024, marks a significant moment for Indian table tennis and celebrates Manika’s dedication and phenomenal talent.

The 28-year-old paddler’s rise to the top 25 wasn’t pure happenstance. Her stellar performance at the Saudi Smash tournament just a week prior played a pivotal role. There, she displayed exceptional skill, even pulling off a stunning upset against the formidable World No. 2 and Olympic medalist, Wang Manyu of China. This victory not only propelled her ranking but also showcased her ability to compete against the best in the world.

Manika’s achievement doesn’t just belong to her; it’s a testament to the growing strength of Indian table tennis. Her journey inspires a generation of young girls to pick up a paddle and dream big. It paves the way for more investment and focus on the sport, potentially leading to a brighter future for Indian table tennis on the international stage.

Manika’s climb doesn’t end here. She has now matched the record of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the highest-ranked Indian singles player ever (men’s category). With her unwavering determination and hunger for success, Manika has her sights set even higher. We can expect her to continue challenging boundaries and striving to become a dominant force in the world of table tennis.

This is a moment of immense national pride. Let’s celebrate Manika Batra’s historic accomplishment and cheer her on as she continues to rewrite the table tennis record books.

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