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Manika Batra stuns World No. 4 again to win historic singles gold in TT

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

A marauding Batra created history by becoming the first Indian woman player to win a singles gold at the while and G Sathiyan went down fighting in the men's doubles to settle for silver, here today.

World No. 58 Batra's dream run in the quadrennial event continued as she blanked 50th-ranked Yu Mengyu of 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) in a one-sided final.

However, it was the semifinal win over World No. 4 Feng Tianwei that meant more for the 22-year-old.

The Delhi-based paddler showed that her crucial victory against multiple Olympic medallist Feng in the team final was no fluke as she edged out the mighty Singaporean 4-3 (12-10, 5-11, 11-8, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11) in the semifinals.

The Indian foxed Feng for the second time in a row with smart use of her for both defense and offense. Batra showed remarkable composure and maturity to overcome a 2-3 deficit in a high-pressure final.

"This is my first individual medal in this big tournament and I am feeling really proud," said Batra after her phenomenal effort.

On her overall Games experience, she added: "The experience was amazing - I defeated the world number four twice and now Yu to win gold. I am feeling really happy and very proud for my country."

Batra will have the chance of winning a medal in all four categories when she pairs up with Sathiyan for the bronze medal play-off in mixed doubles.

Besides guiding to team gold, Batra had paired up with veteran to win the country's maiden women's doubles silver.

has already recorded its best-ever showing in at Commonwealth Games, winning three gold, two silver and a bronze. Two more bronze will be added if Batra -Sathiyan combine and Kamal in singles can win their respective play-offs.

Three-time CWG gold medallist Kamal tried his best against Nigeria's 26th-ranked in men's singles semifinals before going down 0-4 (10-12, 9-11, 9-11, 7-11). The World No. 48 takes on England's in the bronze play-off tomorrow.

The Indian great had to endure a tough loss in the men's doubles final alongside Sathiyan later in the day. The duo lost to familiar rivals from England and with the final going into the fifth and final game. The English pairing prevailed 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

The bronze in men's doubles also went to as Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty sailed past Singapore's Poh and 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 12-10).

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 18:05 IST
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