Tokyo Paralympics: India’s paddler Bhavina Patel beats Joyce de Oliveira, storms into quarters

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel on Friday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Paralympics after a scintillating 3-0 win over Joyce de Oliviera of Brazil in her Class 4 round of 16 match.
Bhavina defeated Joyce in three straight sets 3-0 (12-10, 13-11, 11-6) to clinch the game and move into the next round. Joyce started the game on a high as she took a lead but Bhavina came back strongly to save a game point and take the first set 12-10.
The Indian paddler continued to dominate the match and took the second game 13-11 against the Brazilian. Bhavina was trailing at one point with a score of 7-10 and saved all three game points to seal the game 13-11.
In the third essay, Bhavina came back from 0-3 to seal the game 11-6 and move into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win.
Bhavina had defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match on Thursday.
Also, India’s para table tennis player Sonalben Patel lost against Lee Mi-gyu of South Korea in Group D of women’s singles — Class 3 on Thursday. Mi-gyu defeated Sonalben 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and the entire match lasted for just 30 minutes.

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