After the highs of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asiad, Manika Batra’s profession took a nosedive following the Birm ingham CWG debacle however the ace Indian paddler has vowed to make a robust return on the National Games earlier than heading to the World Championships this month. Batra was considered one of India’s greatest stars in 2018, clinching 4 medals together with the ladies’s singles and crew golds on the CWG. She additionally went on to bag the blended doubles bronze on the Asian Games later that 12 months. However on the Birmingham Games final month, she appeared out of kinds and returned empty-handed.
“Of course, I was sad and upset when I lost my matches in CWG but I always tell myself this is not the end of the world,” Batra, who’s right here for the National Games, advised reporters throughout a digital interplay.
“2018 was really an amazing year for me. This time, I played best before the CWG. I did really well in the World Tours, beat good players,” the top-ranked Indian mentioned. “I think I played my best in CWG but every player has ups and down in their lives. It’s not finished for me just because I didn’t get a medal at the CWG,” she added. Batra mentioned she has been working exhausting to rectify her errors. “I’ve to keep working hard and bounce back. I’ve worked a lot on my mistakes and my coach has been my sparring partner. We have some big tournaments coming up and next year like the Asian Games.”
The paddlers would be the first in motion right here on the PDDU Indoor Stadium forward of the National Games’? opening ceremony per week from now as they are going to be flying off to Chengdu for the World Championships from September 30.
At the Birmingham CWG, the 27-year-old didn’t defend her title within the ladies’s singles as she was eradicated within the quarterfinals by the lower-ranked Jian Zeng of Singapore in straight video games. She additionally made quarterfinal exits within the blended doubles and ladies’s doubles occasions. Defending its title, the Indian ladies’s crew, led by Batra, additionally bowed out within the final eight stage. “I’ve started training after coming back to India. You should not think that ‘abhi khatm ho gaya’ (it has ended now), you should never give up and should train immediately and work on your mistakes.” “I’m fairly ready mentally and bodily after the CWG debacle.
I’ve centered extra on my psychological power which is absolutely vital if you find yourself taking part in a giant event. I’ll go there and provides my 100 per cent,” the Delhi paddler added. The Indian TT contingent will depart for the Worlds on September 25 and Batra agreed that it might be hectic competing in back-to-back occasions.
“We have back-to-back tournaments, it will be tiring but I’m mentally prepared for the challenges.” Asked whether or not she’s going to alter her rubber the lengthy pips that she makes use of, Batraa mentioned: “I am never going to change my pimples (the bump on the rubber). Over time, you get used to it and I love it.” She additional mentioned the National Games can be a stiff competitors for them with numerous promising children arising.
“I value every competition, be it National Games, CWG, Asian Games or World Championships. I always give my best.”I simply need to take pleasure in each match right here. I feel that’s essential to do nicely. We have numerous promising children arising and hopefully will probably be a memorable outing for me,” Manika concluded.