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Pramod Bhagat Wins, Palak Kohli Endures Tough Day At Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Bhagat, the reigning world champion, outwitted fellow Indian Manoj Sarkar 21-10, 21-23, 21-9, in his men's singles group A class SL3 opener

Pramod Bhagat Wins, Palak Kohli Endures Tough Day At Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
India's Palak Kohli competes in a women's singles SU5 badminton match against Japan's Ayako Suzuki at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. | AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
Pramod Bhagat Wins, Palak Kohli Endures Tough Day At Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
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2021-09-01T20:33:44+05:30

World number one shuttler Pramod Bhagat made an impressive start to his campaign in the men's singles competition but young Palak Kohli endured a tough day at the Tokyo Paralympics, in Tokyo on Wednesday. (Highlights | News)

Bhagat, the reigning world champion, outwitted fellow Indian Manoj Sarkar 21-10 21-23 21-9 in his men's singles group A class SL3 opener that lasted 56 minutes.

The 33-year-old, who had contracted polio during his childhood, will face Ukraine's Oleksandr Chyrkov on Thursday.

Manoj too will clash with Chyrkov on Friday.

"Manoj Sarkar pushed me to the limits. He played really well and we know each other's game very well. We had some good rallies. I am happy with the way I went ahead with my game, obviously these are initial matches and I am getting used to the arena," Bhagat said.

"I am in a good headspace. Chyrkov is also good and I hope I put up a good show tomorrow."

Earlier, Kohli had a difficult day in office as she suffered defeats in both her women's singles and mixed doubles matches.

Up against Japan's Ayako Suzuki, a gold medallist at the 2009 World Championships, the 19-year-old Kohli lost 4-21 7-21 in just 19 minutes in a group A women singles class SU5 match.

Kohli, whose left arm is under-developed since birth, will next take on Turkey's Zehra Baglar on Thursday.

Kohli and Bhagat had earlier gone down fighting against second seeds Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel in the mixed doubles group B opener here.

Bhagat and Kohli, competing in SL3-SU5 class, lost 9-21 21-15 19-21 against the French team in 43 minutes at the Yoyogi national stadium.

Talking about the match, Bhagat said,"We started very slow, we had our chances which we didn’t capitalise. Our second game is on Friday which is a do or die game and am sure we will put up a much better fight and make sure we win the game."

The Indian pair found the going tough initially as it lagged 5-11 at the interval. Things didn't change much after the breather as the French duo zoomed ahead and quickly pocketed the opening game.

In the second game, the Indian duo gave a better account of themselves as they fought tooth and nail and earned a slender two-point lead at 13-11.

Mazur and Noel grabbed a point but the Indian pair reeled off seven straight points to reach the game points. Their opponent saved two points before Bhagat and Kohli roared back into the contest.

In the decider, the second seeds opened up a 13-9 lead but Bhagat and Kohli fought their way back to take a 15-14 lead.

However, Mazur and Noel soon grabbed lead and eventually edged out the Indian pair.

Thailand pair of Siripong Teamarrom and Saensupa Nipada is the third team in the group B.

Kohli will also be participating in women's doubles (SL3-SU5) with Parul Parmar.

SL3 classification is for athletes with lower limb impairment, while SU5 refers to athletes with upper limb impairment.

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