Manika Batra-G Sathiyan achieves record feat in Indian table tennis history


Indian paddlers Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra have reached milestones after their recent run at the WTT Contender event in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. According to the latest published world rankings, the Indian table tennis pair saw their positions increase in the mixed doubles category following their performance in Slovenia. Gnanasekaran and Batra achieved their highest ever world ranking in the mixed doubles category by entering the top five in the world rankings.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran celebrates career-high mixed doubles ranking

Taking to his official Twitter account, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran celebrated his record-breaking achievement alongside his mixed doubles partner Manika Batra. The Indian table tennis pair moved up one spot to number 5 in the mixed doubles rankings after the latest ITTF World Rankings. It is also the highest mixed doubles ranking ever achieved by an Indian table tennis duo. Expressing his joy at such a significant achievement, Gnanasekaran wrote that it was a step to the top and also to win the Olympic medal.

Individually, Sathiyan and Batra are the highest ranked table tennis players in the country. While Sathiyan is ranked 39th in men’s singles and Batra is 44th in women’s singles in the country.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra claim silver at WTT Contender Doha 2022

The WTT Contender event in Nova Gorica, Slovenia saw the Indian team end their campaign with a medal. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra settled for silver, after losing the mixed doubles final. The Indian duo lost the battle against Lim Jonghoon and Shin Yubin from Korea. The Indians lost the game 11-7, 11-7, 11-5. In addition to winning silver in Slovenia Contender, Sathiyan and Manika had an impressive run in Budapest and Doha.

The Indian pair finished second in the WTT Doha Contender 2022 earlier in the year. They also traveled to the WTT Contender in Budapest, Hungary last year. The all-time highest ranking for an Indian table tennis pair was achieved by women’s doubles duo of Manika Batra and Archana Kamath when they were ranked number 4 in the world earlier this year. Coming to other results in the women’s doubles semi-finals, Manika and Archana Kamath lost 1-3 (4-11, 11-8, 6-11, 9-11) to Hong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Zhu Chengzhu Kong, China.

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