- Sindhu, Deepika for prequarters ..
- Worship the Quarters
- To Sai Praneeth’s house
- Hockey women fail again
Every day, India got promising results, much to the chagrin of fans who were desperate for a single medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Star shuttler PV Sindhu, number one archer Deepika Kumari and debutant boxer Pooja Rani took the lead in their respective categories and came close to medals. After failing in the second match in a row, Telugu shuttler Sai Praneeth went home. The hockey girls further complicated their knockout chances with hat-trick defeats.
Star shuttler Peevy Sindhu, who won silver at the last Olympics, is also heading for a medal in Tokyo. The women’s singles group-jello won the second match in a row to secure the quarterfinal berth. Aroseed Indus defeated Hong Kong Shuttler Cheng 21-9, 21-16 in Tuesday’s match. With a series of victories, Group-J remained the topper and joined the Indus Prequarters. For the quarterfinals berth, Indus will face Group-I Topper, world number 12 Mia Bleichfeld of Denmark. Meanwhile, in the men’s singles, Sai Praneeth also disappointed in the second match. In the Group D match, Sai Praneeth lost 14-21, 14-21 to Mark Kalijou (Netherlands) in straight sets. With this, Sai Praneeth exited the World Games with two defeats in a row.
Indian women boxers are on the rise in Tokyo. Lovelina has already reached the quarter finals. Recently, Pooja Rani is within walking distance of the medal. Two-time Asian champion Pooja defeated Algerian boxer Ichrak Chaib 5-0 in the 75kg open bout on Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who is playing in the Olympics for the first time, will face off against Rio Olympics bronze medalist Li Qian (China) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Star archer Deepika Kumari, who failed in the mixed team event, is hoping for a medal in the individual event. In the individual event, which began on Wednesday, Deepika advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating American archer Jennifer Moosino Fernandez 6-4 in the second round. Earlier in the first round, Deepika thrashed Karma (Bhutan) 6-0. Meanwhile, in the men’s individual division, the fight between veteran Tarundeep Roy and debutant archer Praveen Jadhav ended before the quarterfinals. World No. 2 in the first round, Russia’s Olympic Committee archer Galson Bazarzapov, 6-1. In the next round. World champion, number one archer Brady Allison (USA) lost to Praveen 0-6. The 37-year-old Tarundeep Roy defeated Oleksi Hanbin (Ukraine) 6-4 in the opening round and lost 5-6 to Ite Shanny (Israel) in the second round. Deepika’s husband Atanu Das, the only remaining archer for India among men, will start his personal division fight on Thursday.
Indian sailing pair K Ganapathi and Varun Tucker finished 18th in the men’s skif 49 ER category after finishing four races. The first race ended on Tuesday. Three races were held on Wednesday. The Indian pair finished 18th, 17th and 19th.
The Indian Royals failed to reach the final in the men’s lightweight doubles sculls. In the second semi-final race, Indian rovers Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh finished last and disappointed.
Indian hockey girls hit hat-tricks in defeats. India lost 1-4 to Britain in a Pool A match on Wednesday. Sharmila Devi (23rd minute) scored the only goal for India. Hannat (2nd, 19th) scored two goals for Britain, while Osley (41st) and Baldon (57th) scored four goals. With the third defeat, India’s knockout chances narrowed.