CWG 2018: Manika Batra leads Women Table Tennis team for historic gold

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Going up against Singapore's Tianwei Feng in the final rush for the gold medal, all eyes and hopes were pinned on Batra.

While Batra was the architect of India's historic win, the experienced pairing of Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das played the supporting role to perfection by winning the crucial doubles tie 3-1 (11-7 11-6 8-11 11-7) against Zhou and Mengyu Yu for a 2-1 lead in the final. Can India claim a gold defeating Singapore, who have never lost the finals ever since Table Tennis was introduced in the Games in 2002? "I did not want to kept her settle so I changed my rubber after the second game", she added. They needed to pull up the gear and indeed they delivered when it mattered the most. Manika was down 1-2 but she shifted the pressure on the Singaporean girl with a fantastic game plan.

Cikamatana becomes the first Fijian woman to win a Commonwealth Game for Fiji. Spirited high in confidence, Batra dominated the proceedings and started the second game in absolute style, dropping the first point while leading the game by a whopping seven-point margin.

It was up to Manika, the star player India had been banking on, to complete the job which she did admirably demolishing Yihan 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 and create history.

His effort took India's medal tally to 13 overall and nine from the weightlifting arena including five gold. Just in, Singapore had won each and every Gold medal in the women's team Table Tennis event since the start of the games.

Manika Batra, facing an adversary who was no stranger, set India on the road to victory as she accounted for Kelly Sibley 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Today, they lost out on gold for the first time.

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