India at Tokyo Paralympics: Tarun Dhillon loses in semis against Lucas Mazur, to play for bronze

India at Tokyo Paralympics: Tarun Dhillon loses in semis against Lucas Mazur, to play for bronze
India at Tokyo Paralympics: Tarun Dhillon loses in semis against Lucas Mazur, to play for bronze

India at Tokyo Paralympics: Indian shuttler Tarun Dhillon lost to France’s Lucas Mazur by 2-1 in the men’s singles SL4 – semi-final match here at Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday.

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India at Tokyo Paralympics: Playing at Court 1, World number one Mazur defeated the Indian in three sets by 21-16, 16-21 and 21-18 in one hour and 3 minutes. Mazur was all over Tarun in the opening minutes of the match as he went into the interval of the first set, leading the Indian by 6 points. After the mid-game break, the World number two Indian closed the gap by 2 points at 15-13. But soon the shuttler from France with his brilliant net game and cross-court play took the set by 21-16 in 16 minutes.

Tarun came back strongly in the second set as he dominated the game to lead Mazur 11-4 in the mid-game interval. The Indian continued with his momentum and stayed focus to completely unsettle Lucas to clinch the second set by 21-16 in 20 minutes to force the decider.

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With the shuttle on his racquet, the Indian was not able to carry the rhythm into the third set as the French player ran off with an 11-4 lead into the mid-game interval. Tarun showed great fightback as he soon closed the gap to just one point at 17-18. After the medical timeout, the Frenchman was rejuvenated as he took the match and set by 21-18 to sail into the final.

India at Tokyo Paralympics: Lucas Mazur will now face another Indian Suhas Yathiraj in the final while Tarun will play Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan for the bronze medal match.

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