New Delhi: Indian table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel secured a historic silver medal in her maiden Paralympic Games after losing 0-3 to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles class 4 final on Sunday in Tokyo.
The 34-year-old’s impressive run at the Games came to an end with a 7-11 5-11 6-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women’s singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.
Patel had suffered a loss to Zhou in her first group stage match earlier in the week.
Up against a classy opponent, who has five Paralympic medals to her name including gold medals in singles at Beijing and London, Patel seemed to struggle as she failed to execute her gameplan.
Patel, who was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 months old, had defeated world no 3 Miao Zhang of China 7-11 11-7 11-4 9-11 11-8 in the semifinal showdown on Saturday.
In the quarterfinal on Friday, Patel had defeated 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medallist and world number two Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia to assure a medal and script history.
(With PTI Inputs)