Tokyo: Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi’s Olympic debut ended with a second round loss in the women’s individual sabre event but the Indian fencer bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics with much promise, on Monday.
The 27-year-old, the first Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics, began her campaign with a optimistic 15-3 victory against Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi but bumped into world number three and Rio Olympic semifinalist Manon Brunet in the next round, which she lost 7-15.
CA Bhavani Devi’s aggressive play-style yielded points against Azizi, however, the Frenchman used all her experience to negate the tactics of the Indian, who lost two points for going out of the arena.
The Indian fencer could score only one point in each of the first two periods but came back well in the third.
Brunet showed tremendous sharpness and had better technique as she kept scoring points from distance.
After trailing 2-8 going into the third and final round, the Indian fencer needed nothing short of a miracle in the final one but Brunet largely remained untroubled in the nine minute and 48 second match.
In the opening round though, Chennai’s Bhavani was a better player, taking advantage of Azizi’s open stance that allowed her score points quickly.
Bhavani did not concede a single point in the first three-minute period and raced to a commanding 8-0 lead against the Tunisian.
Nadia managed some touches in the second period but the Indian kept building her lead to win the contest in six minutes and 14 seconds.
The fencer who touches the 15 point-mark first, is declared winner.