The pressure inspires me, says Manika as she shoots for four gold medals


Birmingham, July 29 (SocialNews.XYZ) The 2018 Commonwealth Games were a breakthrough year for Indian table tennis star Manika Batra and catapulted her to stardom, earning her immeasurable adulation and praise for winning four medals including two golds.

This is enough success for someone to live a lifetime as Indian table tennis players had not achieved great results in the Commonwealth Games before.


But while spearheading India’s challenge at the 22nd Commonwealth Games here, Manika pushed the heroism of 2018 into the background a long time ago, but it comes up regularly as everyone gets refers to start a conversation.

But Manika always tries to live in the moment, focusing on things to come and making the most of the opportunities that come her way.

India’s standout at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, winning four medals in total, including gold medals in the women’s team event and women’s singles, Manika is aiming for more glory at Birmingham 2022, in the hope to add the gold medals in women’s doubles and mixed doubles as well. to her kitten.

On Friday, the 26-year-old from New Delhi led India’s women’s team to a comfortable 3-0 win over South Africa in a preliminary round Group 2 match.

Manika was at the table for the first singles match and largely dominated his opponent, Musfiquh Kalam, allowing him to earn just 10 points combined in the three matches, earning a 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 victory in fast double. time.

Manika said there is always the pressure of expectations, but she tries not to think about it and focus her energies on the next event. She says her desire to do her best in every game comes from that pressure.

“I always come into a tournament thinking it’s a new tournament and what happened in the previous one has no bearing on that. The pressure will always be there, I’m a player. But I try to take the pressure with me because it’s only from there. The pressure comes from wanting to give 100 per cent in every game,” Manika said after the game.

“We have to think like this because if I keep thinking about it [record medal haul], then I will keep my blood pressure high. I don’t think about past tournaments. It’s a new tournament. It’s 2022. I come here as a new player and like a kid I have to play the way I enjoyed the game in 2018, Manika said.

Manika said it was difficult at times but she wanted to do her best in all four disciplines – women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles in addition to the team competition she is competing at Birmingham 2022.

“”Sometimes it’s really difficult because every time the teams are finished, we have doubles, singles, so we have to keep the same body language, the same confidence. If we are good at it, it really helps us.

“I always think that I just have to go on the table and give my 100% for my country. I just want Indians, everyone, to support us and encourage us,” Manika said.

The 26-year-old from New Delhi said that while she hasn’t changed as a person after her success in 2018, she has evolved as a player.

“I’m the same as before 2018, the same Manika Batra who always gives 100% for her country. It’s a new tournament, new Commonwealth Games. “We have a young team. We all motivate each other. Age does not matter. It’s really fun to be with them and in the game we support each other. We motivate each other,” Manika said.

Manika’s role also changed in the team. She is now the most experienced player and therefore helps her new teammates by sharing her experiences with them and giving them advice when things are not going well.

Anandita Chakraborty, coach of the women’s team, said Manika had been a big influence on the other players. “As a player she is great and as a human being too. At the moment she is the most experienced in the team in terms of experience. She supports the whole team and she tries to raise everyone at the same pace. She does a lot.

“Even during matches she gives advice to her teammates and points out things that could be done differently,” the coach said.

After clearing the first hurdle without a hitch, Manika and her teammates are now looking forward to the tougher battles later in the tournament. They have a goal and the desire to achieve it.

Source: IANS

The pressure inspires me, says Manika as she shoots for four gold medals

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