The recently-concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast produced a number of hits and misses. Here is a look at some of the major ones:
She was India’s cinderella girl for this edition of the Commonwealth Games. Before the games, any medal would have been okay, for Singapore were too strong. They had the world no. 4 Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu in their ranks. But Manika, ranked 58th in the world, exceeded all expectations to not only lead India to a gold medal in the team championships, but also in singles, beating both the higher ranked players from Singapore. She used superb tactics to outwit higher ranked players and because of her performance, India managed to make a dent on the table tennis order at CWG. Will she be able to translate this success at the ITTF Tour and on the world stage?
There were question marks over her form and her return from injury that had dragged on for months. The fact that a younger player like PV Sindhu had overtaken her in the rankings was further fuelling the discussion. Saina answered all her critics with a superlative show as she helped India win the mixed team championship for the first time and also bagged the singles crown that she had won in 2010. Her duel with Sindhu in the women’s singles final kept the crowd enthralled. She now has to start winning titles again and climb up in the rankings.