Manika Batra is an Indian Table Tennis player born on 15 June 1995 in Delhi. She is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and 57th in the world. At just 22-years-old, she'll participate in the Asian Games as an already established name in the game and the Delhi-born would definitely be looking to add to her already impressive medal tally.
Batra is the youngest in her family and has followed the footsteps of her elder sister who also pursued table tennis as a career. Manika dropped out of college while still a teenager to concentrate on table tennis and for her, the choice was a no-brainer.
The first major accomplishment of her career came in the form of a silver medal she won in the under-21 category of Chile Open.
On the back of her impressive performances, she was among those charged with the responsibility to bring gold for the country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the said year was a disappointment for her. She could not get past quarter-finals in either the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games.
Though she did taste silverware during the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship and 2016 South Asian Games, the 2016 Rio Olympics acted as the biggest disappointment for the youngster. She was knocked out in the first round by Poland’s Katarzyna Grzybowska.
The defining moment of Batra’s career came in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. She ended up with a tally of 4 medals (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) in the 4 events she participated in.
The Indian Women’s team defeated Singapore Women’s team, who were undefeated since the sport’s inception in the CWG. Batra defeated World No.4 Feng Tianwei and Zhou Yihan as India ran out 3-1 winners in the final. She also became the first female Indian paddler to win individual gold in the Commonwealth Games.