It’s not finished for me: Manika Batra vows to return stronger at National Games after CWG failure | More sports News

SURAT: After the heights of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asiad, Manika Batra‘s career took a nosedive following the Birmingham CWG debacle, but the Indian paddler ace has pledged to make a strong comeback at the National games before heading to the World Championships this month.
Batra was one of India’s biggest stars in 2018, winning four medals including the women’s singles and team gold medals at the CWG. She also won mixed doubles bronze at the asian games later this year.
However, at the Birmingham Games last month, she looked in a bad mood and came back empty-handed.
“Of course I was sad and upset when I lost my CWG matches but I always tell myself it’s not the end of the world,” Batra, who is here for the National Games, told reporters. during a virtual interaction.
“2018 was really an amazing year for me. This time I played the best before the CWG. I did really well in the World Tours, I beat some good players,” said the Indian on better ranked.
“I think I played my best at CWG, but every player has ups and downs in their life. It’s not over for me just because I didn’t get a medal at CWG,” she added.
Batra said she was working hard to rectify her mistakes.
“I have to keep working hard and bouncing back. I’ve worked a lot on my mistakes and my coach has been my training partner. We have big tournaments coming up and next year like the Asian Games.”
Paddlers will be the first in action here at the PDDU indoor stadium ahead of the National Games opening ceremony in a week’s time as they fly to Chengdu for the world championships from September 30.
At CWG Birmingham, the 27-year-old failed to defend her women’s singles title as she was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Singapore’s lowest-ranked Jian Zeng in consecutive matches.
She also made quarter-final outings in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles events. Defending their title, the Indian women’s team, led by Batra, also lost in the round of 16.
“I started training after I came back to India. You should not think that ‘abhi khatm ho gaya’ (it’s over now), you should never give up and you should train immediately and work on your errors.”
“I’m pretty prepared mentally and physically after the CWG debacle. I’ve focused more on my mental toughness, which is really important when you’re playing a big tournament. I’m going to go out there and give my 100%,” the paddler from Delhi added.
India’s TT contingent will depart for Worlds on September 25 and Batra agreed it would be eventful to compete in back-to-back events.
“We have back-to-back tournaments, it will be tiring but I’m mentally up for the challenges.”
When asked if she was going to change her rubber – the long nubs she uses, Batraa replied, “I will never change my buttons (the bump on the rubber). Over time you get used to it and I love that. ”
She added that the National Games would be a tough competition for them with a lot of promising youngsters to come.
“I enjoy every competition, whether it’s the National Games, the CWG, the Asian Games or the World Championships. I always do my best.
“I just want to enjoy every game here. I think it’s very important to do well. We have a lot of promising youngsters coming up and I hope it will be a memorable outing for me,” concluded Manika.

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