India clinches women’s doubles title in WTT Contender tournament

Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath from India have won the women’s doubles title at World Table Tennis Contender Lasko 2021.

Key Facts

  • Both, Batra & Kamath, are ranked at 36th They beat 23rd ranked Puerto Rico’s Diaz sisters, Adriana and Melanie, in three games at the final on November 7, 2021.
  • In the three games, score was 11-3, 11-8 & 12-10.
  • Indian duo saved four-game points in third set to won the match.

World Table Tennis Championships

World Table Tennis Championships were started in 1926. Tournament have been held biennially since 1957. Under this, five individual events namely, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s double and mixed doubles, are currently held in odd numbered years. The World Team Table Tennis Championships, consisting of men’s team events and women’s team events, were first held in 2000. The Team Championships are organised in even numbered years.

Background

In earlier tournaments, Hungary’s men’s team was a dominant force. They won championships 12 times. During 1950s, Japan was the dominating force. However, 1960s onwards, China emerged as the new dominant power. China’s men’s team is holding a record 20 world team championship titles.

Manika Batra

She is an Indian table tennis player. She is the top-ranked female table tennis player from India. As of July 2021, she has been ranked 62nd in the world. In 2020, she was awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna.

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