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Deepika Kumari cruises into archery pre-quarters

First up, Deepika faced Georgia's Kristine Esebua in a high-quality first round contest.

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Deepika Kumari is through to pre-quarterfinals. (Source: AP)

Deepika Kumari won her 1/64 and 1/32 contests in convincing fashion to book a place in the pre-quarters of the individual archery event at Rio 2016 Olympics.

First up, Deepika faced Georgia’s Kristine Esebua in a high-quality first round contest. Both archers shot plenty of 10s and matched each other with every shot to make it close, very very close. The scoreline read 27-26, 29-29, 30-27, 27-29, 29-29 in Deepika’s favour but the high scores suggest the quality of archery which was on exhibition.

After the win, the Indian archer next faced world no. 12 Guendalina Sartori of Italy. It wasn’t an ideal start for the Indian as she lost the first set 24-27 before roaring back to dominating ways. She dominated the next three sets to pocket them 29-28, 28-26 and 28-27. She now books a place in the pre-quarters, where she’ll join Indian teammate Bombayla Devi.

India’s Bombayla Devi beats Taipei’s Shin-Chia Lin 6-2, and boos a spot in the pre-quarts of the women’s individual archery event at the Rio 2016 Olympics. It was a game of complete control for the Indian archer who won three sets, as compared to her opponent’s one.

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Before the match against Shin Chia-Lin, Devi beat Austria’s Laurence Baldauff in the women’s 1/64 individual elimination event on Wednesday. After a disappointing team campaign, India finally had a reason to cheer as their archers continued to put up a good show in individual events. It was Atanu Das on Tuesday, and Devi on Wednesday.