Name: Branka Batinic
Playing for: Croatia
Best result: Bronze medal at the World Championships in 1981
During her long active national team career, Branka Batinic was a respected and feared player for the opponents. Branka Batinic achieved several major successes, but still did not win any gold medals at the European Championships.
Three silver medals at the European Championships 1982, mixed in 1982, and moubles and teams in 1984 became her facit. Another result she values highly is the bronze medal in mixed doubles with Dragutin Surbek at home in Novi Sad in 1981.
During her successful career, between 1973 and 1987 Branka participated in six World Championships, seven European Championships and five Europe top-12.
Nationally, for many years she was the nation’s best player and overall she became Croatian Champion 42 times and on 22 occasions she became Yugoslav Champion. She played more than 250 international matches for the Yugoslavian National Team.
In Veteran Championships, Branka Batinic still has her successful career. At the World Veterans Championships in 2006, Branka Batinic took gold in women’s singles and doubles 40. In addition, Branka has two silver medals in women’s singles 40 from a few years earlier.
In the European Veterans Championships, Branka has also achieved great success. She has four gold medals and one silver medal so far. In 1999 she won both women’s singles and doubles 40. Twice she won women’s singles 50, 2009 and 2015 and in 2009 she also won women’s doubles 50.
Branka Batinic played in the latter part of the 1980s, partly in Germany, partly in Italy and has played for several clubs.
Later she acted as a player and coach and in January 2006 she started as a coach at the table tennis school Borussia Düsseldorf. She has also participated in several projects for ITTF in the countries of Kenya, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago.
Text: Per Hällström