Tokyo Paralympics: India’s para table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women’s singles – Class 4 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday.
India’s para table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women’s singles – Class 4 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Bhavinaben saved the game point in the fourth game and then took the lead to clinch the match. With this 3-1 win (11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11) Bhavinaben has qualified for the Round of 16. She got off to a good start as she took a lead in the first game but Shackleton bounced back. However, the Indian paddler continued her fine form and won the first game 11-7.
The second game started off with both players fighting hard for the points. After an intense battle, Shackleton got the better of Bhavinaben in the second game and won it 11-9.
In the third game, the battle went down the wire, but Bhavinaben won 17-15.
In the fourth game points were tied at 11-11 but Bhavinaben finally won sealed the match 13-11.
On Wednesday, Bhavinaben had lost to China’s Zhou Ying 3-0 in women’s singles – Class 4 of Group A. Ying overwhelmed Bhavinaben 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-2) in just 18 minutes.
Also, India paddler Sonal Patel suffered a defeat against China’s Qian Li by 3-2 in her opening match of Group D in women’s singles – class 3 on Wednesday.
World number 4 Qian Li defeated Sonal 3-2 (9-11, 11-3, 15-17, 11-7, 11-4) in 36 minutes. Sonal Patel will now take on South Korea’s Mi Gyu Lee later on Thursday in her second Group D match.