Sensational Manika Batra wins historic singles gold in TT


Indian table tennis team continued their winning show in the ongoing 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, with "Golden Girl" Manika Batra claiming her maiden women's singles title here on Saturday. She had previously won a gold medal in the mixed team event while fell short with her partner Mouma Das in the final.

She achieved this feat on Saturday at the Gold Coast 2018 Games, beating Singapore's Mengyu Yu in straight games.

Earlier in the day legendary Mary Kom bagged a gold medal in the 45-48kg women's boxing in her debut CWG campaign. Manika also admitted that she had played the best table tennis at the Games. They lost to Singapore's Tianwei and Mengyu Yu in straght games 11-5, 11-4 and 11-5.

Later, Johnson finished second in Heat 2 of the men's 1,500m with a time of 3 minutes and 47.04 seconds.

India has so far won 24 gold medals at the CWG 2018.

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World No 1 Kidambi Srikanth defeated England's Rajiv Ouseph 21-10, 21-17 to enter men's singles final.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also enjoyed strong performances to advance to the semi-finals in both the doubles categories.

Manika defeated Tianwei Feng of Singapore 4-3 (12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11) in a topsy-turvy encounter.

However, the hopes of an all-Indian final in the paired event were once again dashed when Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty fought hard but came up short in the 11-7, 13-11, 13-11 loss against England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.