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Manika Batra wins bronze in Asian Cup; ends India's 22-year medal drought

Manika Batra, on Saturday, clinched the bronze medal in women's singles at the ongoing 2022 Asian Cup.

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Manika Batra in action (Source: Getty)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 2022-11-19T15:19:48+05:30

Ace Indian paddler Manika Batra, on Saturday, clinched the bronze medal in women's singles at the ongoing 2022 Asian Cup. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist defeated Japan's Hina Hayata 4-2 in the third-place playoff.

Up against the world number 7 Hayata, Batra displayed immense composure to become the first Indian woman to medal at the Asian Cup. The 27-year-old did not have the best of starts in the bronze medal contest as she trailed 0-3 in the first game. But what followed was a spirited fight back as Batra took the first game 11-6.

Hayata upped her aggression to win the second 11-6 before Manika won the third 11-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the contest.

The fourth game was something straight out of dreams. Batra trailed 4-10 before winning eight points in a row to clinch it 12-10. She saved a whopping 6 game points in the process to stamp her authority in the contest.

Hina Hayata, however, brushed aside Batra 11-4 in the fifth game. But, the Indian was undeterred. She took an early lead in the sixth game and maintained it right till the end to take the game 11-2 and the match 4-2.

Batra aso became the first Indian to win a medal at the Asian Cup in 22 years. The last Indian to finish on podium at the continental event was Chetan Baboor with a bronze in men's singles back in 2000. He had also won a silver in 1997.

Earlier in the day, Manika Batra had lost her semifinal against world number 5 Mima Ito with a score line of 2-4.


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