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Egyptian Upset: Farida Badawy Stuns Top Seed at WTT Contender Lagos

Boom RadioNG | June 22, 2024
Farida Badawi

Farida Badawy, a rising Egyptian table tennis star, shocked the crowd at the 2024 WTT Contender Lagos by defeating the heavily favored Manika Batra of India. The 20-year-old, ranked a lowly 331st in the world, displayed remarkable composure to upset the 28th-ranked Batra in a thrilling Women’s Singles encounter (3-2).

Playing without a coach, Badawy surprised everyone by taking a commanding 2-0 lead against the seasoned Indian player. Batra, however, displayed her experience by fighting back to tie the match at 2-2, forcing a nerve-wracking deciding game.

Throughout the final set, Badawy’s determination shone through. She built an 8-5 lead and even reached match point at 10-6. Yet, Batra refused to surrender, clawing her way back to 10-8. In the end, Badawy held her nerve and secured a historic victory (11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8). This win marks a significant milestone in Badawy’s young international career.

Farida Badawi

Farida Badawi

Expressing her emotions after the match, Badawy said, “I’m incredibly happy to be here in Lagos. To play against Manika Batra, India’s top player, and win 3-2 is a dream come true.” Looking ahead, Badawy’s ambition remains undimmed. “I hope to perform well in my next match,” she stated. “Despite mixed emotions, I’m ready to give it my all.”

The passionate Lagos crowd played a vital role in Badawy’s victory. “The Nigerian fans are amazing,” she acknowledged. “Their cheers really lifted me when I needed it most.”

Written by Boom RadioNG

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