28 Aug 2021

A first appearance in a Paralympic Games, a complete outsider, on the morning of Saturday 28th August, the quite incredible run enjoyed by India’s Bhavinaben Patel continued.

Competing in women’s singles class 4, the 34 year old reserved her place in the women’s singles final.

by Ian Marshall

Furthermore, she secured that place by recording a quite prodigious win; she accounted for China’s Zhang Miao, silver medallist in Rio de Janeiro and presently listed at no.3 in the world order.

Bhavinaben Patel emerged successful in five games, giving her supporters moments of concern in the decider after changing ends with an impressive 5-0 lead; the advantage was reduced to a two point difference at 8-6, a shrewd “time out” call from husband a coach thwarted a recovery.

“I played with good control, I am playing well, it’s just amazing. I think today I proved what is possible; I had very good support from my supporters. I just kept playing point by point.” Bhavinaben Patel

Success for Bhavinaben Patel, in the opposite half of the draw in an all Chinese contest, it was victory for Zhou Ying; she accounted for Gu Xiaodan (11-4, 11-3, 11-6).

In the final it will be a case of renewing rivalries, they met in the very first match in the event, a contest Zhou Ying won a straight games (11-3, 11-9, 11-2); Zhou Ying currently heads the World rankings.

The final will be staged later in the day in the evening session of play.

A hard fought win for Bhavinaben Patel but it could not match the achievement of Indonesia’s David Jacobs in men’s singles class 10; at the quarter-final stage he emerged successful winning the closest deciding game to date (11-6, 12-10, 6-11, 10-12, 17-15).

Success for David Jacobs, in the remaining round of last eight matches in class 10, it was success for Frenchman Matteo Boheas, Montenegro’s Filip Radovic and Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski.

Matteo Boheas beat Komet Akhbar, like David Jacobs from Indonesia (14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 12-10), Filip Radovic overcame Austria’s Krisztian Gardos (11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8), Patryk Chojnowski ended the hopes of Montenegro’s Luka Bakic (11-8, 11-5, 11-4).

At the semi-final stage, Patryk Chonowski faces Filip Radovic, David Jacobs confronts Matteo Boheas.

The penultimate round matches will be played later in the day, the final on Sunday 29th August.

Semi-finalist known, in men’s singles class 3, the finalists are known; the respective top two seeds meet, China’s Feng Panfeng opposes Germany’s Thomas Schmidberger.

In the penultimate round, Feng Panfeng beat Jenson Emburgh of the United States (11-6, 11-8, 11-6), Thomas Schmidberger ousted Zhai Xiang, like Feng Panfeng from China (11-9, 13-11, 11-6).

The final will be played later in the day in the evening session of play.

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