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Egyptian sensation dumps out top seed at WTT Contender Lagos

Egyptian sensation dumps out top seed at WTT Contender Lagos

Farida Badawy, an unheralded 20-year-old Egyptian table tennis player, made waves at the 2024 WTT Contender Lagos. Despite her low world ranking (331), she achieved the unthinkable by defeating India’s Manika Batra (world No. 28) in a thrilling Women’s Singles match.

Playing without a coach, Badawy took an early 2-0 lead against the seasoned Indian superstar. Batra fought back to level the score at 2-2, setting the stage for a tense deciding game. Badawy’s determination was evident as she caught up with Batra, leading 8-5. At 10-6, victory seemed within reach, but Batra rallied to 10-8. In the end, Badawy secured a historic 3-2 win (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8), marking the pinnacle of her international career.

Reflecting on her achievement, Badawy expressed joy and relief. “I’m very happy to be here in Lagos,” she said. “Playing against Manika Bartra, India’s top player, and winning 3-2—it’s a dream come true.”

Looking ahead, Badawy remains ambitious. “I hope to perform well in my next match,” she stated. “Mixed emotions aside, I’m ready to give my best.”

The Lagos fans played a crucial role, supporting Badawy throughout. “Nigerian fans are incredible,” she acknowledged. “Their cheers lifted me when I needed it most.”

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