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Sathiyan G and Manika Batra rise to World no. 20 of Table Tennis rankings after winning in Budapest
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra have found themselves in the world number 20 position in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) mixed doubles rankings.
Indian table tennis player duo of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra has found themselves in world number 20 position in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) mixed doubles rankings.
The pair has earned 400 points, while Japanese duo of Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito top the rankings with 3635 points.
The recent surge in ranking came after Sathiyan and Manika bagged the mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender Budapest table tennis event on Friday.
They defeated Hungary's Nandor Ecseki and Dora Madarasz 3-1 (11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6) to become the first Indian table tennis players to win a WTT Contender title.
Batra and Sathiyan then easily regained their momentum in the last two games of the match after winning the first, to lift the mixed doubles title. They were the only Indian players in action on the final day of the WTT Contender Budapest.
In the mixed doubles (Individuals) rankings, Manika Batra jumped 33 spots to reach the 19th position with 562 points. Meanwhile, Sathiyan reached the 29th spot after gathering 502 points.
The WTT Contender Series is a part of the revamped ITTF calendar launched this year and features two tiers of events -- WTT Star Contender and WTT Contender, as per Olympics.com. The events carry world ranking points that help players to progress through the new structure into WTT Champions and Grand Smash events.