Maneka Batra, who won four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games including gold in the women’s singles, ended her campaign at the 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham without a medal as she and her partner exited the women’s doubles quarter-finals.
Maneka had already lost out in the women’s singles and mixed doubles, partnering with Ji Satian, and the women’s doubles was her only hope for this version of the Commonwealth Games.
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Maneka and Dia Shetali kicked off the day with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-3) victory over Dumhani Hosinali and Jaleem Nandichori of Mauritius in their Round of 16 match.
However, their joy was short-lived as they went to Carrie Charlotte and Anna Horsey of Wales 1-3 in the evening session. Maneka lost friendly 7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 10-12 for a crash.
Maneka was the star performer for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, winning four medals including two gold. She was expected to repeat her performance in Birmingham as well.
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But the 27-year-old turned out to be a disappointment and dropped out of the singles and mixed doubles events, losing in the quarter-finals in both divisions.
With Maneka as the spearhead, the Indian women’s team beat the as yet undefeated Singapore in the final on the Gold Coast in 2018. Maneka stunned world number four Feng Tianwei as well as Zhou Yihan in India’s 3-1 victory in the final.
She then became the first Indian woman to earn a single gold medal at CWG 2018 by defeating Yu Mingyu of Singapore in the final and capped her glory by winning India’s first silver medal in the women’s doubles.
But 2022 turned into a wet blow for Maneka as he stunned the modest Malaysia women’s team and worsened she and J. Karen Lane 2-3 (10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11), thus ending their campaign.
In the women’s singles, Maneka was relegated to Singapore’s Jian Tseng in the women’s singles quarter-finals. It was a one-sided 4-0 match (10-12, 11-9, 11-4,
So, what does Maneka Batra suffer from?
Nothing looks wrong on paper, her game is as strong as it was and at this point, don’t forget your hits. Manika seems to have some intellectual disability, as if she wants to restrain something. Her body language seems weak and she seems to be suffering silently.
The first indication that things were not going as well as she expected came when she lost to Karen Lin of Malaysia 11-8, 11-3, 11-9 in the team competition.
The fact that she played six games on Friday proves that there is no problem with her physique.
So, it is now left up to Maneka and her supporting staff to sort that out as soon as possible or else it could spoil her performance on the WTT circuit.
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