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Table Tennis World Rankings: India’s Manika Batra achieves career-best ranking of 38

Table Tennis World Rankings: India’s Manika Batra achieves career-best ranking of 38

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Manika Batra moved up 10 places in the latest women’s singles rankings. Her previous best was 46. G Sathiyan is India’s best-ranked men’s player, surpassing Sharath Kamal. India’s Manika Batra has achieved a career-best ranking of 38 in women’s singles after she climbed 10 places in the latest ITTF Table Tennis World Rankings released on Tuesday. The Olympian was ranked 48th in women’s singles last week. Manika Batra broke into the top 50 earlier this year and rose to 46th in March, her previous career-best standing, before dropping down to 48. The 26-year-old Manika Batra is India’s top-ranked women’s singles table tennis player in the list followed by Archana Kamath at 66th, who moved up 26 places this week. Sreeja Akula, 68th, and Reeth Tennison, 97th, are the other Indian tabl...
WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-Archana Kamath fall in quarters, India’s campaign ends

WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-Archana Kamath fall in quarters, India’s campaign ends

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The Indian pair lost two-time world championships silver medallists, Hina Hayata and Mima Ito of Japan. Indian table tennis players’ run at the inaugural  WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 ended after Manika Batra and Archana Kamath’s exit from the women’s doubles quarter-finals on Tuesday. Manika Batra and Archana Kamath, who got a bye in the round of 32, beat Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru 3-2 in the round of 16 to set up a quarters clash against Japanese second seeds Hina Hayata and Mima Ito. Against Hayata and Ito, a two-time world championships silver medal-winning team, the Indian table tennis pair put up little resistance and went down 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-8). Batra and Kamath were the last remaining Indians at the Singapore meet. Manika Batra, who exited the si...
WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-Archana Kamath make doubles quarters

WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-Archana Kamath make doubles quarters

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The Indian pair will face two-time world championships silver medallists, Hina Hayata and Mima Ito of Japan, next. G Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal’s campaign ended. Indian  table tennis player Manika Batra and her women’s doubles partner Archana Kamath advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 on Monday. Manika Batra and Archana Kamath, who got a bye in the round of 32, beat Singapore’s Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5) in the round of 16. Their final-eight clash will be against Japanese second seeds Hina Hayata and Mima Ito, a two-time world championships silver medal-winning team. Manika Batra’s mixed doubles campaign, however, ended after she and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching 3-0...
WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-G Sathiyan in mixed doubles quarter-finals

WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Manika Batra-G Sathiyan in mixed doubles quarter-finals

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Indian table tennis players Manika Batra and Archana Kamath received a first round bye in women’s doubles. Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal won in men’s doubles. India’s Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran advanced to the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the  WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 table tennis event on Sunday. Manika Batra and G Sathiyan beat Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Bruna Takahashi, both Tokyo Olympians, 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-1) in the round of 16 at the Singapore Sports Hub. The Indian table tennis pair, however, will have their work cut out for them in order to make the semis with top seeds Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching awaiting them in their top eight fixture. The Chinese Taipei duo won the mixed doubles bronze medals at last year’s world championships and the Tokyo Ol...
First ITTF High Performance Training Camp of 2022 in the books

First ITTF High Performance Training Camp of 2022 in the books

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Doha (QAT) hosted eight days of intense and fruitful work from 1 to 8 March for the first 2022 ITTF High Performance U15 & U19 Boys and Girls Training Camp linked with the WTT Youth Star Contender Doha. With the help of the experienced and successful Austrian coach Liu Yanjun, two training sessions per day were held at the state-of-the-art Aspire Academy in preparation for the upcoming competition. For the boys’ training, athletes from Romania, Australia, India, Austria, Kazakhstan and of course Qatar participated, while for the girls, Romania, India, Italy, Croatia and Ireland were present. It was an opportunity for athletes and coaches to work together, facilitated by ITTF High Performance Elite Coach Massimo Costantini. In order to best benefit from the activity, players wi...
WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Ayhika Mukherjee qualifies for main draw

WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022: Ayhika Mukherjee qualifies for main draw

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Commonwealth Games gold medallists Anthony Amalraj, Harmeet Desai and Sutirtha Mukherjee lost their respective qualifiers. Indian table tennis player Ayhika Mukherjee overcame three qualifying rounds to make it to the women’s singles main draw at the WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 on Wednesday. In the last qualifying match, Ayhika Mukherjee overturned a 2-1 deficit to defeat Sabina Surjan of Serbia 3-2 (12-10, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7) at the Singapore Sports Hub. Earlier, Ayhika Mukherjee blanked former European champion Daniela Dodean of Romania and Tokyo Olympian Debora Vivarelli of Italy. From the eight Indian players - three men and five women - fighting for a spot in the main draw, Ayhika Mukherjee was the only one to qualify. Ayhika Mukherjee will now join world No. 49 ...
WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Archana Kamath-Manav Thakkar win mixed doubles silver; Manika Batra ousted

WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Archana Kamath-Manav Thakkar win mixed doubles silver; Manika Batra ousted

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Sutirtha and Ayhika Mukherjee made the women’s doubles finals. Indian table tennis players have already secured three medals at Oman. Indian table tennis players Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar settled for the mixed doubles silver medal at the WTT Contender Muscat 2022 on Friday after losing in the final against China’s Zhang Rui and Kuai Man. Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar had confirmed their spot in the mixed doubles final on Thursday after beating Hungary’s Nandor Ecseki and Leila Imre in the semis. On Friday, the Indian table tennis pair discovered their opponents for the gold medal clash. Chinese pair Wang Chuqin and Chen Xingtong, who beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, a mixed doubles bronze medallist, and her partner Li Hsin-Yu in the semis, joined the Indians in the t...
WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Manika Batra makes quarters; Kamath-Thakkar in mixed doubles final

WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Manika Batra makes quarters; Kamath-Thakkar in mixed doubles final

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Two Indian pairs are in the women’s doubles semi-finals. Indian table tennis players confirmed at least three medals following Thursday’s results. On an eventful day for Indian table tennis players at the  WTT Contender Muscat 2022 on Thursday, Manika Batra progressed to the women’s singles quarter-finals while Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar made the mixed doubles final. Manika Batra upset Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the world No. 23, 3-0 (11-3, 13-11, 11-8) in the round of 16 of women’s singles. The Indian will face China’s Kuai Man next. Archana Kamath, however, fell in the same stage of the women’s singles event following a 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9) loss to Tokyo Olympian Xiaoxin Yang of Monaco. Kamath, however, had a good run in mixed doubles with partner Manav Thakkar...
Overwhelming interest in ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program

Overwhelming interest in ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program

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As the world is slowly emerging from a global pandemic towards and reurning to its ways, lessons learned during the pandemic should remain on our regular program. As such, the established ITTF Mentorship Program launched in July 2021 as the ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program. An integral part of the 2021 ITTF Development Plan, the ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program serves to support promising and talented coaches and match officials by enhancing their knowledge and skills, and significantly contributes to their growth by establishing a relationship between mentor and mentee. The 2021 ITTF Virtual Mentorship Program allowed mentees to learn from experienced and respected experts in their fields over a four-month long mentoring experience (September to December). It combined both theoretical an...
WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Manika Batra in singles round of 16

WTT Contender Muscat 2022: Manika Batra in singles round of 16

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The Indian table tennis player also made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals with G Sathiyan. India’s Manika Batra moved onto the women’s singles round of 16 of the WTT Contender Muscat 2022 with a win over Singapore’s Lin Ye at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in Oman on Wednesday. Manika Batra beat Ye 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-8) in the round of 32 and will face Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, a former European Championships silver medallist, in the last sixteen. Batra’s compatriot, Sreeja Akula, however, fell to French Olympian Jia Nan Yuan 3-2 (11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8). In the mixed doubles, Manika Batra and partner Sathiyan Gnanasekaran moved onto the quarter-finals after receiving a walkover in their round of 16 tie against Kirill Skachkov and Olga Vorobeva. The Indian duo ...