Tokyo [Japan], August 31 (ANI): India paddlers Bhavina Patel and Sonal Patel faced a crushing 0-3 defeat at the hands of China’s Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian in the women’s doubles (Class 4-5) quarter-finals in the Tokyo Paralympics on Tuesday.
Doubles pair of Bhavina and Sonal went down in doubles classes 4-5 quarter-final match and 0-2 overall.
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Zhou Ying also defeated Bhavina in three straight sets in the second round of the quarter-finals and as a result, the Indian side lost the match 0-2 overall.
The Chinese pair started off brilliantly as they took the first game 11-4. Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian dominated the proceedings and didn’t allow the Indian pair to bounce back.
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In the second round, the Indian team of Bhavina and Sonal did pick up few points but the Chinese side came all guns blazing and won the essay 11-4.
Riding on the confidence, Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian took the third round 11-2 to clinch the match 3-0.
On Sunday, Bhavina won silver as she lost the gold medal match to China’s Zhou Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles – Class 4.
With this silver medal, Bhavina is the first table tennis player ever to win a medal at the Paralympics for India and the second female athlete after PCI chief Deepa Malik to achieve the feat. (ANI)
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