INDIA AT PARALYMPICS, DAY 1 REPORT.

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WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS, GROUP D SINGLES CLASS 3 : Indian paddler Sonalben Madhubhai Patel lost her opening game by a close margin of 2-3 to China’s Quin Li. Sonalben won her opening set 11-9 to begin her campaign on a winning note. Quin Li made a strong comeback as she won the second set with a comprehensive 11-3 margin in just 5 minutes of play. The third set turned out to be the best as it ended in the Indians favour with scoreline reading 17-15. Quin Li again bounced back in the fourth set taking the set 11-7 and it was all down to the decider. In the deciding 5th set Quin Li got her A game on display and never let Sonalben stage a comeback as she bagged the deciding set 11-4. A close defeat for the Indian, she’ll next be up against South Korean Mi Gyu Lee.

Paddler Sonalben Madhubhai Patel lost her opening encounter 2-3 in 36 minutes of play.

WOMEN’S TABLE TENNIS, GROUP A SINGLES CLASS 4 : Indian paddler Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel lost her opening game 0-3 to world number 1 seed Zhou Ying from China. The Chinese was on money right from the word go, she stormed the opening set 11-3 pushing Bhavina on backfoot. The second set was a brilliant from the Indian as she showed resistance to level the scores 9-9 but Zhou Ying held her nerve as she won the second set 11-9, a thrilling set. Zhou continued her winning momentum into the third set and grabbed the win to avoid more sets, she won the third set comprehensively with a 11-2 margin. Bhavina will next compete Great Britain’s Megan Shackleton.

Paddler Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel lost 0-3 in her opening game that lasted for 18 minutes.

Pair of defeats to start India’s Paralympics campaign but promising games ahead. Nothing more on India’s schedule for the day, both paddlers have their 2nd game on schedule tomorrow.

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