Asian Games bronze medallist, Vennam Jyothi Surekha was the only Indian to reach the quarters on a disappointing day for Indian archers at the Archery World Cup 2015 Stage 1, in Shanghai, on Thursday. In a closely-fought quarter-final, the young compound archer lost her match 143-144 to third seed Mat Salleh Fatin Nurfatehah of Malaysia.
The next best Indian performers on Day 2 of the 1st Stage of Archery World Cup were Purvasha Shende and Rajat Chauhan in Women’s Compound and Men’s Compound categories respectively. Both reached the pre-quarter-finals.
Vennam Jyothi Surekha – the lone Indian quarter-finalist
Vennam Jyothi Surekha, who had qualified 6th on Wednesday, was once again the best-placed Indian in the knock-out stages. Surekha, who received a bye in the first round, beat Amelie Sancenot 140-136 in the second round and Ishak Nor Rizah 143-136 in the third round, before bowing out in the quarters.
Purvasha Shende was the only other Indian to reach the Women’s Compound pre-quarter-finals. She overcame Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Kim Anh 138-136 in the first round and her compatriot Lily Chanu 142-137 in the second round, before losing to Nurfatehah 143-146 in the Round of 16.
The other Indian in Women’s Compound event – Trisha Deb lost in the second round.
Rajat Chauhan was the best performer in Men’s Compound
Asian Games gold medallist Rajat Chauhan was the only Indian archer to make it to the pre-quarter-finals in the Men’s Compound section. Chauhan beat John Stubbs 143-141 in the second round, Stephan Hansen 143-141 in the third, before losing to Dominique Genet narrowly 147-148.
Abhishek Verma, who had qualified in 8th place yesterday, failed to replicate the same form. The Delhi archer who got a bye in the first two rounds, was pipped by Australian Robert Timms 144-146 in the third round.
Amongst the other Indian archers in this category, Chinglensana succumbed in the third round, while Jignas Chittibomma exited in the second round.
Vishwas reaches third round of Men’s Recurve
2006 Asian Games bronze medallist Vishwas was the only one to make it through to the third round as his compatriots, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia crashed out in the second round.
Vishwas beat German Christian Weiss 6-5 in a shoot-off in the first round and Canadian Patrick Rivest-Bunster in another shoot-off in the second round. His run came to an end at the hands of fourth seed Seungyun Lee of Korea 4-6 in the third round.
The fourth Indian in the fray, Ranjit Naik too bowed out in the second round.
Deepika Kumari crashes out in third round
Former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari was the only one to reach the third round of Women’s Recurve event. Deepika thrashed Aybuke Aktuna of Turkey 6-2 in her opener and then went on to blank American Ariel Gibilaro 6-0 next. In the third round, Deepika was upset 4-6 by 20th seed Jiaxin Wu of China.
Among the other Indians in this section, Madhu Vedwan and Satbir Kaur went down in the second round while Snehal Divakar lost in the first round.
The knock-out stages of the team matches will be held on Friday. Let us hope our Indian teams can remain in contention.