World No. 1 Indian archer Deepika Kumari defeated USA’s Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez 6-4 in the 1/16 elimination round on Wednesday. The Indian archer efficiently advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event at the Olympics 2021.
With a ninth position finish in qualification, Deepika Kumari was set up against Bhutan's Karma in 1/32 round. The veteran archer comfortably cruised past Karma with a 6-0 in the 1/32 elimination round.
Deepika will play her 1/8 Eliminations match on Friday.
Deepika's encounter with Karma (1/32 round)
Set 1 Deepika 2 - Karma 0
Deepika Kumari bagged the 1st set 26-23. Deepika began with a weary 8! The ace archer scored two 9's after that. Whereas, Karma (Bhutan) started with an eight as well. But a substandard 6 at the second arrow cost Karma her first set in the women's singles 1/32 elimination round.
Deepika: 8, 9, 9
Karma: 8, 6, 9
Set 2 Deepika 4- Karma 0
The second set was identical for Deepika and Karma with a score of 26-23. Deepika opened with an 8, later followed it up with two 9's. Meanwhile, Karma scored two 7's and a 9, to end the set.
Deepika: 8, 9, 9
Karma: 7, 7, 9
Set 3 Deepika 6 - Karma 0
It was a decent performance from Deepika in the third set. She started with a 9, then targeted a perfect 10 in the second arrow, and finished the third set with an 8. But Karma failed to deliver. She started with a lousy 6, then came back to score a 9 and and 10, which was clearly not sufficient to win the set as Deepika sealed the match in style 27-24.
Deepika: 9, 10, 8
Karma: 6, 9, 10
Deepika vs Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez (Round of 1/16)
Set 1 Deepika 0- Jennifer-2
Deepika started the set with a disappointing 7, while Jennifer responded with a 9. In the second attempt, it was a 9 for the Indian archer. Whereas, a perfect score for Jennifer. During their final arrow, it was a 9 and 7 for Deepika and jennifer respectively. However, the 18-year-old won the set, 26-25, to take the lead.
Deepika: 7, 9, 9
Jennifer: 9, 10, 7
Set 2 Deepika 2- Jennifer 2
With two consecutive 10's in the end, Deepika compensated well for her ordinary start. Deepika aced the second set with a 28 - 25 win over Jennifer. A second attempt 7 cost Jennifer the set.
Deepika: 8, 10, 10
Jennifer: 9, 7, 9
Set 3 Deepika 4- Jennifer 2
In the third arrow, Deepika scored 8, while Jennifer could only manage a 7. A disappointing start for youngster Jennifer cost her the third set 27-25.
Deepika: 10, 9, 8
Jennifer: 8, 10, 7
Set 4 Deepika 4- Jennifer 4
A second arrow 6, was expensive for Deepika, as Jennifer held on to her nerves to score a 9 and pip Deepika with a score of 25-24.
Deepika: 9, 6, 9
Jennifer: 9, 8, 8
Set 5 Deepika 6 - Jennifer 4
The match was decided by a single point! Jennifer needed a 10 to carry the match forward to the shoot-off. But it was a 9 for the USA archer. With a final score of 26-25, Deepika sailed through a thrilling 5 setter and won the match.
Experience can always be the greatest weapon. Deepika proved it again with her performance during her 1/16 elimination round.
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