Bhavina Patel became the first Indian to enter the final of a table tennis event in the Paralympics with a hard-fought 3-2 win over China’s Miao Zhang in a class 4 semifinal.
The 34-year-old Patel beat her world no. 3 Chinese opponent 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, and 11-8 in the semifinal showdown that lasted 34 minutes.
“It’s a big achievement. Everyone says defeating China is tough. Today, I’ve proved nothing is impossible. I urge all Indians to give their blessings to me for final match tomorrow, so I’ll be able to perform better,” said Bhavina Patel.
Prime Minister’s message
Prime Minister Modi congratulated Bhavina and said her accomplishments “inspire the entire nation”.
“Congratulations Bhavina Patel! You played excellently. The entire nation is praying for your success and will be cheering for you tomorrow. Give your best and play without any pressure. Your accomplishments inspire the entire nation. #Paralympics,” PM Modi tweeted.
Final Awaits, On Sunday
She will take on world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the summit clash on August 29. “If I keep on performing like this, I will definitely win the gold medal. I never thought of reaching the finals and only concentrated on giving my 100 percent and I did that only,” said Bhavina in a Paralympic Committee of India video.
She also said , “And when you give your 100 percent you can win a medal. I am mentally ready for the finals and I just want to give my 100 percent.”
[Prepared by Nishant Mishra]