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Manika Batra storms into top 25 rankings after stellar Saudi Smash 2024 tourney

Manika Batra storms into top 25 rankings after stellar Saudi Smash 2024 tourney

Manika Batra put up a stellar performance in the Saudi Smash, including handing a upset to World number 2 Wang Manyu

Ace Indian table tennis star Manika Batra achieved her career-best ranking after her incredible performance in Saudi Smash 2024. She jumped 15 positions from world number 39 to 24 in the latest updated rankings. Batra put up a stellar performance in the Saudi Smash, including handing a upset to World number 2 Wang Manyu.

Manika Batra jumps 15 places to World number 24 on rankings

Manika Batra sizzles in Saudi Smash 2024

Saudi Smash tournament marked a significant milestone in Batra’s career, highlighted by her monumental victory over world no.2 Wang Manyu. This triumph holds special significance as it ended her five-match losing streak against Wang, with Batra staging a remarkable comeback after losing the first game. She displayed exceptional skills with down-the-line pushes and wide blocks, clinching the match in a thrilling fourth game.

Another notable upset came in the round of 16, where Batra defeated Nina Mittelham of Germany, marking her first victory over the world no.14. Demonstrating a commanding presence on the table, Batra dominated the match, conceding only 22 points to Mittelham in a straight-game affair.

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