Asian Games 2023: Bhavani Devi suffers quarter-final heartbreak, finishes with joint-best Indian result

Anmol KakkarAnmol Kakkar

September 26 2023
Bhavani Devi Asian Games 2023
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Bhavani Devi defeated Asian Champion Zayaneb Dayibekova in Pools.

India’s star fencer Bhavani Devi lost in the quarterfinals of the women’s sabre individual event to China’s Shao Yuqi (7-15) at Asian Games 2023. The 30-year-old recently created history at the Asian Fencing Championships 2023 by winning the bronze medal after defeating two-time World Champion and WR-1 Misaki Emura 15-10. She then lost to the eventual champion Zayanab Dayibekova of Uzbekistan (14-15) in the semifinals.

Bhavani Devi started well by winning all of her pool matches convincingly and was seeded 1st after the Pool Stage. She defeated the Asian Champion and WR-26 Zayanab Dayibekova (5-1) in on one of the pool matches. The WR-32 after a solid start got a bye in the R32 and was directly through to the quarterfinals of Asian Games 2023.

In the quarterfinals, the Indian defeated Tonkhaw Phokaew of Thailand (15-9) and was just a round away from clinching atleast a historic bronze. However she lost to 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Shao Yuqi of China (7-15).

Bhavani Devi alongside Asian Championships bronze medalist Yang Hengyu were the only fencers to win all the pool matches. By finishing in the quarterfinals, she also achieved the joint-best place by an Indian at the Asian Games in fencing. The other Indians to reach the quarterfinals are Taniksha Khatri (2023) and Jyotika Dutta (2018) in women’s Epee.

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Bhavani Devi’s road to quarterfinals at Asian Games 2023

Pool Stage

  • beat Karina Dospay (5-3)
  • beat Alhammad Alhsna Abdulrahman (5-1)
  • beat Khatun Roksana (5-1)
  • beat Zayanab Dayibekova (5-1)
  • Heng Julliet Jie Min (5-1)


Table of 32 – Bye

Table of 16 – beatTonkhaw Phokaew (15-9)

Table of 8 – lost to Shao Yuqi (7-15)

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