Deepika crashes out of archery World Cup

Shanghai: Deepika Kumari crashed out of the quarter-finals of the women's individual recurve event on a disappointing day for Indians at the Archery World Cup first stage at the Yuanshen Stadium here on Thursday. Deepika got a bye into the third round after equalling the world record of 686 in the qualification round, but was unable to make the most of the opportunity. The top seed got off to a good start, outclassing Veronika Haidn Tschalova of Germany 6-0 before taking a commanding 7-1 win over Cui Yuanyuan of China. But she lost 4-6 to Maja Jager of Denmark to crash out of the event. The early stages saw keen competition with Deepika and Maja locked at 2-2. But Maja took a decisive 6-2 lead when she won the third and fourth ends and held on to her advantage despite a strong late fightback by Deepika. The other Indian archers also had a poor day in office and none of them remain in medal contention in the individual events. Laxmirani Majhi lost 2-6 to Tan Ya-Ting of Taipei in the quarter-finals of the women's individual recurve, while Rimil Buriuly went down 1-7 to Kim Chaeyun of South Korea in the first round of the same event.