Ace Indian paddlers and Asian Games medallist Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal, and G Sathiyan have recorded their career-best rankings in the latest list released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
India’s first women paddler to win a Commonwealth Games gold, Manika moved one rung up in the rankings to be placed at rank 55 in the world rankings.
“Great feeling to climb to my best rank of 55!” Tweeted the 23-year-old, who clinched as many as four medals from two major tournaments this year. While she won two gold, a silver, and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games, she along with Sharath clinched a historic mixed doubles bronze 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. Thank you to @sandeepgupta_tt sir, Subhodh sir and all my well wishers for your continuous support. https://t.co/TGglaBDF81
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) October 2, 2018
Meanwhile, veteran Sharath jumped four places to achieve his career-best ranking of 31. The 36-year-old had in 2015 achieved a ranking of 32, which was one rung below his current rankings. It has been a successful year for the men’s team senior paddler, who had clinched the team gold, a silver in the doubles category and a bronze medal in the singles category at the Gold Coast CWG.
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. Also would like to congratulate @manikabatra_TT on climbing to #55. pic.twitter.com/WMMZZdKZgf
— Sharath Kamal (@sharathkamal1) October 2, 2018
“This year just keeps on getting better as I have just achieved my career-best ranking of #31. Thanks to all my coaches, @QLPSports, teammates the management and the fans for the constant support,” he wrote on his twitter handle.
Young Sathiyan too jumped four places to be placed at the 36th position. He had also won three medals in the Commonwealth Games and was a part of the men’s team bronze medal at the Asian Games.
NEW MILESTONE YET AGAIN !!
Reached my career best World rank 36 in the latest ITTF rankings 💪✌️
— Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (@sathiyantt) October 2, 2018