India’s campaign at World Cup ends as Bhavani Devi loses


Indian fencers, including Olympian Bhavani Devi, bowed out of the women’s individual sabre event of the World Cup after losing their respective contests in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Bhavani Devi, ranked 55th in the world, had received a bye in the round of 128 but she suffered a 8-15 loss to Spain’s Elena Hernandez in the next round to exit the competition.

The 28-year-old from Chennai, the first Indian to participate at the Olympics, secured victories in four matches in the group stage, while lost one. One match was called off.

Among other Indians in fray, Anitha Karunakaran and Josna Christy Jose couldn’t cross the round of 128. While Karunakaran lost 3-15 to Russia’s Dariya Drozd, Jose lost to Spain’s Araceli Navarro by a similar scoreline.

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