After the country's impressive outing the the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games, top Indian paddlers Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan achieved career-best world rankings in the latest issue released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday.
Manika, who became the first Indian woman to win a singles gold at Commonwealth Games, was rewarded for her consistent show as she moved up to World No. 55. The Arjuna award winner climbs one spots to better her previous best being 56.
“Great feeling to climb to my best rank of 55! Congratulations to @sharathkamal1 bhaiya and @sathiyantt too for their career best ranks.Thank you to @sandeepgupta_tt sir, Subhodh sir and all my well wishers for your continuous support.” Manika tweeted.
The 23-year-old from Delhi has won four medals — two golds, a silver and a bronze — at the Commonwealth Games and also secured a historic bronze in mixed doubles event, partnering with Sharath, at the Asian Games.
The 36-year-old Sharath, who had clinched a historic team gold at Commonwealth Games and a silver and bronze in men’s doubles and singles at the 18th Asian Games, jumped four places to grab the World No. 31 spot. The veteran who is on the bring of breaking into the top-30 for the first time, had achieved a ranking of 32 in May 2015.
“This year just keeps on getting better as I have just achieved my career best ranking of #31. Thanks to all my coaches, @QLPSports , team mates the management and the fans for the constant support,” he wrote on his twitter handle.
Close on his heels is fellow compatriot, Sathiyan, who jumped four places to reach the World No. 36 spot. He had won three medals in the Commonwealth Games and a bronze (men’s team event) in the Asian Games.
“NEW MILESTONE YET AGAIN!! Reached my career best world rank 36 in the latest ITTF rankings. Happy to be moving in the right direction towards the goal of world top 20!! Onwards & Upwards,” he tweeted.
The trio are the only Indian paddlers to feature in the top-100 of the world rankings. Meanwhile, there were other Indians who also saw a rise in their rankings. Mouma Das, takes a huge leap of 13 positions from 123 to 110. While among the men, Harmeet Desai saw himself move closer to the top-100 after achieving ranking of 103.
(With PTI inputs)