Manika Batra achieves career-best ranking

Manika Batra
Manika Batra in action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo: AFP

New Delhi: Ace paddler Manika Batra attained a career-high singles ranking of 38 with a jump of 10 spots while G Sathiyan was the best placed Indian male at 34 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings.

Veteran Achanta Saharath Kamal also gained a place to be world No. 37 as most of the Indian players made gains in the latest charts.

While Sharath and Sathiyan are the only two male players in the top-100, there are three more apart from Manika in the women's list.

At No. 66 is Archana Kamath, who has made a big leap from her previous rank of 92. Young Sreeja Akula, who is world No. 68, has gained 39 spots from 107th position.

The last Indian woman to be in top-100 is Reeth Tennison, who has gained an astounding 197 spots to be ranked 97th.

In the men's doubles, G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai are ranked 28th in the while the pair of Sathiyan-Sharath are placed 35th.

In the best ranking across categories, Manika and Archana are ranked world No. 4 in the women's doubles section while Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee are next best at No. 29.

In the mixed doubles section, Manika and Sathiyan are ranked sixth while Manav Thakkar and Archana Kamath are placed 22nd.

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