Deepika’s performance came as a shock as she went to London as the World No 1 and as India’s brightest medal hope. Her loss to Briton Amy Oliver in the individual event completed a miserable outing for the archers.

Deepika during an individual event in London. PIC/AFP

“I never competed in surroundings like the one at Lord’s. In World Cups and other majors, the initial rounds are held simultaneously, but in London all the matches were organised separately and in front of a packed and noisy crowds. We could not perform in the din and crumbled under pressure. It shows how weak mentally we were,” she said.