Indian table tennis players Bhavinaben Patel and Sonalben Patel were knocked out by Chinese paddlers Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian in the women’s team Class 4-5 quarterfinals at the Tokyo Paralympics today.
The Chinese doubles team dominated the game against the Indians, leaving only little room to breathe. They started the proceedings by comfortably winning the first set 11-4.
Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian didn’t allow the Indians to bounce back, conceding very few points throughout the game. The second set also went the same way as the first with the Indian pair picking up some points but ultimately losing 11-4. The Chinese paddlers looked confident playing their game and the Indian paddlers Bhavina Patel and Sonal Patel were no match for them. The last set was tied up dominantly with the team of Ying and Bian winning it by 11-2 and thereby, winning the match with very little resistance offered by the opposition team. The final score was 3-0 in favour of the Chinese players with the Indian paddlers knocked out of the tournament.
Bhavinaben Patel lost to Zhou Ying in the Women’s Singles Class 4 match in straight sets with the result being 11-4 11-7, 11-6 and ended up being her second successive loss to the Chinese player today. This ended up not giving a chance to the other Indian paddler, Sonalben Patel to face Zhang Bian as the Women’s Team lost 2-0 in the best of three tables tennis event.
This ended up being Bhavinaben Patel’s third loss to Zhou Ying through the Tokyo Paralympics. They faced each other in the Class- 4 Women’s Singles Table Tennis event where the Indian was able to achieve a silver after losing the final match. She ended up being the second women para-athlete to achieve a medal after Deepa Malik in 2016.