Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Bhavinaben loses to China’s Zhou Ying by 3-0

Tokyo: India’s para table tennis player Bhavinaben Hasmukhbhai Patel loses to China’s Zhou Ying by 3-0 in her opening match of Group A in women’s singles – Class 4 here at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium – Table 5 on Wednesday.

2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, Zhou Ying overwhelmed Bhavina Patel in straight sets by 3-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-2) in just 18 minutes. Bhavinaben Hasmukhbhai Patel will now clash with Megan Shackleton of Great Britain on Thursday in her final Group A match.

The Chinese wasted no time whatsoever as she dominated the proceedings from the word go and stormed the first set by 11-3. The Indian paddler showed more resistance in the second game but Ying held her nerves better to claim a close 11-9 victory. Zhou carried her momentum in the third set as she took the game and match by just giving two points to Bhavina.

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Earlier in the day, another Indian paddler Sonalben Manubhai 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. World number 4 Qian Li defeated Sonalben in five sets by 3-2 (9-11, 11-3, 15-17, 11-7, 11-4) in 36 minutes.

Sonalben Manubhai Patel will now be up against South Korea’s Mi Gyu Lee on Thursday in her second Group D match.

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