World Table Tennis Contender: Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins the mixed doubles title

Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the title of mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Contender event in Budapest by defeating the 94th ranked Hungarian pair Dora Madarasz and Nandor Ecseki 3-1 in the finals.

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Indian table tennis doubles Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the title of mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Contender event in Budapest, Hungary. They defeated the 94th ranked Hungarian pair Dora Madarasz and Nandor Ecseki 3-1 in the finals. Manika and Sathiyan won the semis by 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 against Aleksandr Khanin and Daria Trigolos of Belarus. 

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The win at WTT is memorable for both the Indian players as they don't play a lot of mixed doubles together. The Indian pair began their journey at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, winning a bronze for India. In Jakarta Asian Games 2018, Manika paired with veteran Sharath Kamal and bagged a bronze. 

After three years, Manika and Sathiyan have teamed up again for next year's Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. The duo is also looking forward to qualifying in the 2024 Paris Olympics.