“Use the surprise factor…”
Manika Batra will most certainly be looking to spring a surprise of two when she enters the arena at the upcoming Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest later this month.
Announcing herself on the international stage at the 2011 Chile Open with a runner-up finish in the Under 21 Women’s Singles category, Manika Batra went on to establish herself as one of India’s finest players at senior level soon after.
Representing her country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Asian Games Manika Batra impressively took home three gold medals two years later at the 2016 South Asian Games but it was last year that the Indian star really began to show her true potential.
Enjoying a highly successful outing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Manika Batra collected four medals on the Gold Coast including a historic Women’s Singles gold medal, becoming the first Indian to achieve the feat. Her success Down Under and her Mixed Doubles bronze at the 2018 Asian Games helped Manika Batra take home the 2018 Breakthrough Star award.
Get a better insight into the thought process behind Manika Batra’s game plan with part six of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Spell-binding imagery and audio of the highest production quality will leave you captivated, as the players take you away on an uncharted journey deep into their game plans, all while speaking in their native tongue (supported by English subtitles).
The sixth episode of a seven-part series, ‘Inside My Mind’ is simply not to be missed on the lead-up to the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April.
Here is the full programme of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Ding Ning (China) ‘The Queen of Hearts’ combines elegance and dynamism like no other. She is the Women’s World no. 1 and reigning World & Olympic Champion. Watch her signature serve as the key to her strategy of serial success.
Quadri Aruna (Nigeria) Thumping power strokes and terrific topspin are what he’s known for, but there’s a lot more than first meets the eye to the reigning African Champion.
Bernadette Szocs (Romania) Perfection personified, from her very appearance on court to the unmistakable precision of each and every movement that have taken her to European titles. For Bernadette, it’s the details that matter.
Ma Long (China) He’s not called ‘The Dictator’ by accident. Enter the unique mind of a natural-born winner: the reigning Men’s World & Olympic Champion, Ma Long.
Hugo Calderano (Brazil) Athleticism. Energy. Exuberance. That’s all clear, but what is the boy from Brazil actually thinking when he’s meaning business on court? The first ever player from Latin America to break into the top 10 in the world, Hugo gives you special insight into his shot selection. Speed of body. Speed of mind.
Manika Batra (India) The most mystical of all: let Manika cast you under her spell as the Commonwealth Games Champion reveals her masterplan.
Timo Boll (Germany) Seven times a European Champion. Yes, seven times! Not to mention two World Cups. But there’s so much to discover still about Timo Boll. Watch and learn from an undisputed legend of the game.