Bruna Alexandre, from Santa Catarina, won silver, the first medal in Brazil in the individual table tennis competition in the Tokyo Paralympics (Japan), after being overtaken in the final by Chinese-born Australian Qian Yang by 3 sets 1, in class V10 (walking athletes), this Monday morning (30). It is the Brazilian’s second medal in Paralympics – in her Rio 2016 debut, Bruna won bronze.
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in the first set, Bruna even opened up five points of advantage, even having a set point in your favor. The Australian, however, reacted with good responses to the Brazilian’s withdrawals. The first set finished 13-11 for Yang, after an attacking error made by Bruna.
Bruna returned for the second set opening four points of advantage, reaching 4 to 0, in front of the opponent. The Australian then broke two services from the Brazilian, reducing the advantage, but to no avail: the Santa Catarina closed the partial by 11 to 6, equaling the score by 1 to 1.
The third set started with the Brazilian again opening the lead: she scored 4-1, but Qian Yang reacted and tied at 4-4. set continued disputed with draws in 5 and 6 points, but from then on the Australian started to score directly, until the set at 11 to 7, returning to lead the score at 2 sets a 1.
In the next round, Qian Yang had a 7-3 lead. The Brazilian rebalanced the game, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistakes, and managed to tie 7-7. Yang asked for time to cool down the game. On his return, he resumed control of the match, closing the set at 11 to 9, and guaranteeing the gold with a 3 win sets a 1.