Rio 2016 Olympics: Indian Archer Deepika Kumari, on Thursday, crashed out of the Women’s individual competition after losing to Chinese Taipei Tan Ya-ting by 0-6. Deepika was facing Ya-Ting in the round of 16. Deepika had made it through to the round of 16 after defeating World No. 12 Guendalina Satori of Italy. Deepika dominated the Italian after performing poorly in the first round, while Ya-Ting displayed complete dominance in her battle against South Korea’s Chang Hye-jin.
Deepika lost the closely contested first set 27-28. Her second shot proved costly as she could only manage an 8. In the second set, Deepika’s score was 8,9,9 in comparison to Ya Ting’s 9,9,10. Deepika’s loss comes as another blow to India’s hopes for medals after top contenders like Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round of Men’s Doubles Tennis.
Later today, Byomala Devi will also be competing in the pre-quarters, hoping to secure a quarter-final spot for India. India’s medal hopes in Archery rest on Devi’s shoulders as she is the most experienced archer in the team. Saina Nehwal will also face Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente in the Group G of the badminton women’s singles. Earlier today, the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa Gutta-Ponnappa lost their match 15-21, 10-21 against the Japanese pair of Takahashi Ayaka and Matsutomo Misaki.