Deepika Kumari wins bronze in World Cup

Antalya (Turkey): Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari outclassed Chang Hye Jin of Korea in straight sets to clinch the bronze medal in the women's individual recurve event of the World Cup, here yesterday.

Deepika Kumari Pic/Bipin Kokate
Deepika Kumari. Pic/Bipin Kokate 

Seeded ninth in the event, Deepika came out all guns blazing to deflate her second-seeded opponent 6 (26, 29, 26, 28)- 2 (25, 26, 28, 27) to come up with a clean performance.

Korea though did not return disappointed as their archers stood first and second on the podium with Deepika at third.

Earlier, the 20-year-old archer put up a brave fight in the semi-finals but was denied a place in the final by Olympic gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea.

The in-form Deepika kept the tri-colour flying high after veteran archer Dola Banerjee, Satbir Kaur and Snehal Divakar all lost in the first round of the individual recurve.

The former world number one began the tournament with a 6-0 victory over Christine Bjerendal of Sweden and then got past Anastasia Pavlova of Ukraine, American La Nola Pritchard, Kaori Kawanaka of Japan and Taipei's Shih-Chia Lin en route to her clash with Ki Bo Bae.

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