Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Bhavina Patel claims silver after loss against Zhou Ying in table tennis final
India's Bhavina Patel clinched a historic silver medal after a crushing defeat against China's Zhou Ying in the final of the women’s table tennis singles Class 4 event at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on Sunday (August 29). Bhavina became the first Indian table tennis player to claim a silver medal at the Paralympics in what has been a stellar debut campaign for the Indian paddler at the Paralympics.
Bhavina enjoyed a magnificent campaign at Tokyo Paralympics 2020 with wins over reigning Paralympic champion Borislava Peric-Rankovic in the quarterfinal before a dominating victory against Rio Paralympic silver medallist and world number three Zhang Miao in the semi-final of the showpiece event on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Indian paddler had entered the final high on confidence but was completely outplayed by Ying, who was on top of her game right from the start in the summit clash. Ying decimated Bhavina 3-0 with straight wins in the first three games to clinch the gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
Bhavina lost the final 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 against Ying but created history by returning home with India's first silver medal in table tennis at the Paralympics. Bhavina made a poor start to the final as Ying raced away to an 8-5 lead in the opening game before winning 11-7. In the second game, the Chinese once again took an early 4-1 lead and kept mounting pressure on Bhavina.
Ying won the second set 11-5, showcasing her experience and sublime skills. The Chinese registered a clinical 3-0 victory over the 34-year-old Indian paddler with a convincing 6-11 win in the third game. Ying dominated the proceedings throughout in what was a one-sided summit clash at the Paralympics.
Ying, who has five medals to her name at the Paralympics including gold medals in the singles event, was an overwhelming favourite heading into the final and came out on top eventually as Bhavina was completely outplayed. The world number one Chinese wrapped up the proceedings within 19 minutes in the summit clash.