Vinesh Phogat Reaches Final Of Poland Open With Contrasting Wins

Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, Warsaw

Published by: Mukesh Kumar Jha
Updated Fri, 11 Jun 2021 06:10 PM IST

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The 26-year-old, who won gold medals at Matteo Pelicone in March this year and the Asian Championships in April, is on her way to win another yellow medal in her third consecutive tournament.

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Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat (53kg) on ​​Friday proved that her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are headed in the right direction as she reached the 53kg final of the Poland Open with two contrasting victories on Friday. Vinesh struggled to clinch a 6-2 win in her opening bout against 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Ekaterina Poleshchuk, stunned American rival Amy Ann Fernside in just 75 seconds.

The 26-year-old, who won gold medals at Matteo Pelicone in March this year and the Asian Championships in April, is on her way to win another yellow medal in her third consecutive tournament. Vinesh faced a tough challenge from the defensive play of Poleshchuk in the opening round. He adopted a left-footed attack strategy against the Russian wrestler, but his bet backfired and Poleshchuk took a 2-0 lead.

Vinesh attacked the opponent’s legs in the second period and managed to make the score 2-2. Poleshchuk made a technical mistake this time, which earned Vinesh two more points. He defeated the Russian wrestler one more time to win the match 6-2. In the next round, however, he got a comfortable victory. He pinned the American wrestler in just 75 seconds. At this time she was leading 6-0 in the match. Earlier, Anshu Malik had to withdraw from the tournament in the weight category of 57 kg due to fever.

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Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat (53kg) on ​​Friday proved that her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are headed in the right direction as she reached the 53kg final of the Poland Open with two contrasting victories on Friday. Vinesh struggled to clinch a 6-2 win in her opening bout against 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Ekaterina Poleshchuk, stunned American rival Amy Ann Fernside in just 75 seconds.

The 26-year-old, who won gold medals at Matteo Pelicone in March this year and the Asian Championships in April, is on her way to win another yellow medal in her third consecutive tournament. Vinesh faced a tough challenge from the defensive play of Poleshchuk in the opening round. He adopted a left-footed attack strategy against the Russian wrestler, but his bet backfired and Poleshchuk took a 2-0 lead.

Vinesh attacked the opponent’s legs in the second period and managed to make the score 2-2. Poleshchuk made a technical mistake this time, which earned Vinesh two more points. He defeated the Russian wrestler one more time to win the match 6-2. In the next round, however, he got a comfortable victory. He pinned the American wrestler in just 75 seconds. At this time she was leading 6-0 in the match. Earlier, Anshu Malik had to withdraw from the tournament in the weight category of 57 kg due to fever.

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