Tokyo Paralympics: Bhavina Patel shackled Shackleton's win at the Paralympics table tennis match

Indian para-player Bhavina Patel qualifies for the knockout stages of table tennis class 4. She defeated Great Britain's Megan Shackleton by 3-1 in the Group A match.

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News of relief for the Indian supporters of Paralympic Athletics as Indian para-player Bhavina Patel qualifies for the knockout stages of table tennis class 4. She defeated Great Britain's Megan Shackleton by 3-1 in the Group A match. Bhavina Patel started well and was leading the first game but, Shackleton bounced back hard. Patel saved a game point in the fourth match and took a lead that helped her win. The scores were 11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11.

Notably, Bhavina Patel lost to Chinese paddler Zhou Ying by 3-0 in the opening game of Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Deepa Malik, the first Indian woman to win a medal at Paralympic Games, was present to cheer Bhavina for her second match. Upon her win, she wrote a tweet saying, "What a thrilling match... It kept us on the edge of the seats... Bhavina came back stronger and showed great skill n mental strength. Winning the match with scores which were so close yet turned in favour of India. Qualified for next round."

India's Sonal Patel will play a match later in the day in Group D, women's singles table tennis class 3. She will be competing against the Rio Paralympics Silver medalist, Li Quan of China.