Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Sonal Patel goes down to China’s Qian Li in a thriller

Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Sonal Patel goes down to China’s Qian Li in a thriller

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India had a great start at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 on 24 August. Sonal Patel started the event on a good note but unfortunately lost to China’s Qian Li.

Tokyo Paralympics: India's Sonal Patel goes down to China's Qian Li in a thriller |
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The Indian para paddler lost against Qian Li in n the women’s singles Class 3 Group D match. In the thriller, Sonal lost the match by 11-9, 3-11, 17-15, 7-11, 4-11. Qian Li is the World No. 4 and Rio Olympics silver medallist.

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The start of the match was in favor of Sonal when she took the first came by 11-9 in just 6 minutes. Later Qian Li made a huge comeback in the second game and won it by 11-3 and made it 1-1.

In the third game, both the athletes played exceptionally well. Sonal took a 2-1 lead after finishing the third game with 17-15.

The Chinese paddler once again made a great comeback and won the next two matches with 11-7, 11-4, and won the match.

Today Sonal will be seen locking horns with South Korea’s Mi Gyu Lee.

This year, India has sent the biggest ever Paralympic contingent to the Tokyo Paralympics. In a period of 12 days, they will be competing in 9 sports. All the Indians are expecting and anticipating some good news from the Indian athletes. Fans have a lot of expectations from Devendra Jharjharia and Mariyappan Thangavelu as they have the caliber of bringing another medal home.

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