Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Bhavina Patel storms into final after defeating China's Zhang Miao

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Aug 28, 2021, 07:35 AM(IST)

Bhavinaben Patel Photograph:( ANI )

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Next, she will take on world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the gold medal match.

India's para table tennis star Bhavinaben Patel continued the historic run at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics as she became the first Indian to enter the final of a table tennis event. 

She registered a hard-fought 3-2 win over China's Miao Zhang in a class 4 semifinal on Saturday (August 28).

In the semi-final match, the 34-year-old Patel defeated world no. 3 Chinese opponent 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8. 

Next, she will take on world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the gold medal match.

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Competing in her maiden Paralympics, Patel lost the opening game in a tight contest.

But, she made a strong recovery, claiming the next two games. In the fourth game, Zhang showed her class not giving Patel the bragging rights just yet as the match headed into the decider.

In the deciding fifth game, Patel took a time out after which she notched up the win.

In the quarterfinal on Friday, Patel had defeated 2016 Rio Paralympics gold winner and world number two Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia to clinch a medal and script history.

(inputs from agencies)

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