The Indian women’s team has kept their challenge intact in the Uber Cup badminton championship being held in Bangkok. The Indian Eves advanced to the knockout stage by easily defeating the USA 4-1 in a Group D match on Tuesday. In the opening match, India crushed Canada 4-1 in a one-sided encounter. Victory against the USA has confirmed India’s berth into the quarterfinals.
Ace shuttler P V Sindhu led India’s progress with a 21-10, 21-11 victory over Jennie Gai. The doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly came back strongly and defeated Francesca Corbett and Allison Lee. 21-19, 21-10 before Aakashi Kashyap sealed the fate with an impressive 21-18, 21-11 victory over Esther Shi as India took an unbeatable 3-0 lead.
The young doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker tried their best to match their opponents, but in the end they went down fighting to Lauren Lam and Kodi Tang Lee, 12-21, 21-17, 13-21. This victory was the only consolation for the USA.
In the last match between the two sides, Ashmita Chaliha of India remained cool and kept her nerves in the crucial moments of the match. In the end, the Indian shuttler wrapped up the match against her American counterpart, Natalie Chi, by 21-18, 21-13 and helped India to win the encounter by 4-1.
Korea, next opponent
The Indian women’s team, which has bagged two bronze medals in the past, needs to be careful in their next match, which will be against a strong Korean side on Wednesday in their last group match.
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s team is not far behind. They have also cemented their place in the knockout stage.
Men shuttlers also reached for the knockout stage after ensuring their place in the top two in their group.