Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Bhavinaben Patel reaches semifinals, assures India of its first medal

Bhavinaben outclassed Serbia's Borislava Perić-Ranković comprehensively in 18 minutes, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to storm into the last-four stage.

Bhavina Patel scripted history on Friday, becoming the first Indian table tennis player to secure a medal in the Tokyo Paralympics.   -  Twitter/@ParalympicIndia

In a clinical quarterfinal performance, paddler Bhavinaben Patel beat Serbia's Borislava Perić-Ranković 3-0 in the women's singles Class 4 table tennis event to assure India of its first Paralympic medal at the Tokyo 2020 edition.

Bhavinaben outclassed the Serbian comprehensively in 18 minutes, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to storm into the last-four stage.

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She will take on China's Zhang Miao in the semifinal clash on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Bhavinaben overcame Joyce de Oliviera of Brazil 12-10, 13-11, 11-6 in a Round of 16 match to book a berth in the quarterfinal.

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