Indian table tennis sensation Manika Batra climbed three positions to achieve her highest-ever world ranking of 31 in the ITTF rankings. Manika’s recent performance at the WTT Champions tournament in Frankfurt, where she reached the round of 16, contributed to her ranking improvement. In the same tournament, she faced a 3-0 defeat by Wang Yidi from China during the round of 16. However, she showcased her prowess by defeating Doo Hoi Kem of Hongkong with a 3-2 score in the round of 32. Notably, Manika is the sole Indian athlete in the top 50 of the women’s singles rankings, while Sreeja Akula saw a decline in her ranking to 82nd place.
Manika’s Asian Games 2023 campaign ended without any medals as the women’s team suffered a defeat against Thailand in the round of 16. In this match, Manika faced tough opponents in Orawan Paranang and Suthasini Sawettabutt. In the women’s singles event, Manika managed to secure a victory over Suthasini in the round of 16 but narrowly missed out on defeating Wang Yidi in the quarterfinals, losing 2-4. Additionally, in mixed doubles, Manika and her partner Sathiyan Gnanasekaran slipped one spot in the world rankings and are currently ranked 10th. On a positive note, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee made history at the Asian Games 2023, emerging as the top Indian pair in women’s doubles with a world ranking of 17.