There was no end to Vinesh Phogat’s woes as the struggling wrestler withdrew midway into the World Championship trials even as her cousin Sangeeta Phogat (62kg) made a stupendous comeback to mat after three years by sealing a spot in the Indian team on Tuesday.

All eyes were on Vinesh, who was suspended by the WFI earlier this month for indiscipline before being let off with a warning, but she looked vulnerable from the beginning.

Vinesh, one of the most successful wrestlers in India, was far from her dominant self in her 10-5 win in the opening bout against Anju in the 55kg category and did not take the mat against Pinki, who eventually sealed her place for the Championships, scheduled to be held from October 2-10.

Anju employed the same head-lock technique that Belarus’ Vanesa had applied against Vinesh in the Tokyo Olympics, never allowing the Asian champion to play her game.

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