This victory not only secured India its first-ever medal at the event but also astonished the global audience as Bhavani defeated the top-ranked fencer with a score of 15-10 to enter the women’s sabre semifinal. It is worth noting that Bhavani had previously faced defeat in all three encounters against Misaki.
In the next round, Bhavani will compete against Zaynab Dayibekova from Uzbekistan, vying for a spot in the final.
In the earlier rounds, the 29-year-old Indian fencer received a bye in round 64 before beating Dospay Karina of Kazakhstan in the Round of 32. Continuing her impressive performance, she went on to defeat the third seed, Ozaki Seri, with a score of 15-11 in the pre-quarterfinals.