Indian women duo of Dola Banerjee and Deepika Kumari today made a first round exit in recurve bow section of the Archery World Cup Final at Edinburgh.
Two-time Olympian Dola was no match to Justyna Mospinek of Poland who beat her 0-6, while reigning Cadet World champion Deepika gave her Ukrainian opponent Victoriya Koval some fight before going down 4-6.
India's hopes now rest on Jayanta Talukdar who will take the field in the men's recurve event.
16-year-old Deepika, who was the youngest participant at the meet, took the first set 2-0 with 27 in the first three arrows. Koval shot eight, seven and 10 (25) to go down in the first set.
With 29 in the second set, Koval brought in the two set points at stake to tie the match 2-2. Despite a tricky strong wind, Deepika managed a great third set 9-10-10 (29) to take the lead for the second time (4-2). Her opponent scored 8-9-9 (26) at that stage.
In thrilling fourth set, Koval scored 8-8-7 (23), while Deepika shot 7-9-6 (22) to lose the set with the match locked 4-4.
In the deciding set, the two started with an eight. Difference was made at the second arrow when Koval put a 10 against a seven for Deepika.
The Indian finished with a 10, but that was not enough to beat Koval who won the match 6-4.
World Cup 2007 Final winner Dola was no match to the Polish archer, who had won the final in 2008.
Dola started slowly, shooting 6-6-8 (20) with Mospinek taking the first two set points with scores of 5-9-9 (23). The second set advantage also went to Mospinek who scored 10-9-7 (26) against 7-8-8 (23) for Dola.
Leading 4-0, she won the third set with 25 points (9-7-9) against Dola's 23 (8-9-6).