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Tokyo Paralympics: Sonalben Patel crashes out of women's singles

Sonalben Patel lost 12-10, 5-11, 3-11, 9-11 in 30 minutes to South Korea's Gyu Lee.

Sonalben Patel (Source: Tokyo Paralympics)

Sonalben Patel (Source: Tokyo Paralympics)


Abhijit Nair

Updated: 26 Aug 2021 2:09 PM GMT

India's Sonalben Patel fell to a 3-1 defeat to South Korea's Gyu Lee in Class 3 Group D Women's Singles at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. The Ahmedabad girl lost 12-10, 5-11, 3-11, 9-11 in 30 minutes to crash out of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Sonalben Patel started the match in a wonderful fashion, coming from 8-10 down to take the first game 12-10 in seven minutes. However the South Korean went storming back in the second round, leaving no room for error to win it 11-5.

Whatever little hopes the Indian fans might have had after the first game soon vanished as Gyu Lee absolutely demolished Sonalben Patel to win the third game 11-3.

Sonal did try to make a brief comeback in the final game after she was trailing 2-8, but the South Korean held her nerves to restrict the late surge from the Indian to close the game 11-9.

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