Top seed Manika Batra finished 3rd in the 11 Sports National Table Tennis Championships(West Zone) held in Pune.
After registering a stern 4-3 comeback from 0-3 in the quarterfinals Manika lost to Madhurika Patkar 4-2 in the semi-final clash.
In a closely fought contest, both the players canceled each other for the first four games with Madhurika taking the early leads in each of the occasions. The fifth game was also brought right down to the wire with the scores tied at 10-10 as Manika tried hard to level the scoring. In the end, a powerful down-the-line forehand from Madhurika settled the match for her.
Manika’s Journey to the Semis:
Pre-Quarters: Manika Batra bt Mallika Bhandarkar (AAI) 1-9, 12-10, 12-10, 12-10
Quarters: Manika Batra bt Ayhika Mukherjee (RBI) 6-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 11-7