Table Tennis: Bhavinaben storms into quarterfinals in Tokyo Paralympics

Bhavinaben took 23 minutes to go past Brazil’s Joyce de Oliviera in the class 4 round-of-16 match.

Tokyo, Japan, August 27 : Paddler Bhavinaben reached the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday, beating Brazil’s Joyce de Oliviera in straight games. She defeated the Brazilian 12-10 13-11 11-6 to book a place in the final-eight.

She will now meet Serbia’s Borislava Peric, who is the defending champion at the Paralympics. She won two medals in the Rio 2016 edition of the Games, which included a singles gold and a silver medal in the team event.

Earlier, the 34-year-old Indian had dispatched Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton, the world world no.9, 11-7 9-11 17-15 13-11 in a contest that lasted 41 minutes in the group game which secured a berth in the round-of-16.

Athletes in Class 4 category have fair sitting balance and fully functional arms and hands. Their impairment may be due to a lower spinal-cord lesion or cerebral palsy.

The other Indian in the fray, Sonalben Manubhai Patel had ended her campaign after losing 12-10 5-11 3-11 9-11 to MG Lee of Korea in her second women’s singles Class 3 group match. 

She had lost her first group match on Wednesday.

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