New Delhi, Oct 3 (IESports) Indian Table Tennis players Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan achieved career-best world rankings in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) chart.
The 23-year-old from Delhi, who became the first Indian woman to win a singles gold at Commonwealth Games, was rewarded for her consistent show as she moved up to World No 55, gaining one step ahead in the order. Manika had also clinched four medals – two golds, a silver and a bronze -at the Commonwealth Games and also won a bronze in mixed doubles match, pairing with Sharath, at the Asian Games.
“Great feeling to climb to my best rank of 55! Congratulations to @sharathkamal1 bhaiya and @sathiyantt too for their career best ranks,” Manika tweeted.
Sharath, who had shot a historic team gold at Commonwealth Games and a silver and bronze in men’s doubles and singles at the 18th Asian Games, jumped four places to grab the World No 31 spot. He had achieved a ranking of 32 in May 2015.
“This year just keeps on getting better as I have just achieved my career best ranking of #31. Thanks to all my coaches, @QLPSports , team mates the management and the fans for the constant support,” the 36-year-old wrote on his twitter handle.
Sathiyan too jumped four places to reach the World No. 36 spot. He had won three medals in the Commonwealth Games and a bronze (men’s team event) in the Asian Games.
“NEW MILESTONE YET AGAIN!! Reached my career best world rank 36 in the latest ITTF rankings. Happy to be moving in the right direction towards the goal of world top 20!! Onwards & Upwards,” he tweeted.
Among women, Mouma Das is the second best Indian (110) while Madhurika Patkar (123), Ayhika Mukherjee (166), Sreeja Akula (274), another youth paddler, follow her.
Other than these three paddlers, the rest of Indian male players lag far behind and are in the 100 plus brackets, including Harmeet Desai (103), A. Amalraj (147), Sanil Shetty (162). Manav Thakkar, is just behind them at No 218.