Indian shuttlers book quarterfinal spot in Uber Cup
After thrashing Australia 5-0 in their opener, Indian shuttlers continued their good run at the Uber Cup by handing out a resounding 5-0 defeat to Germany to seal their quarterfinal berth at the tournament. The Indian team will now square off with 2014 runners-up Japan in their final group game. Japan has already entered the last eight stage after beating Australia for its second win on the trot at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium.
The Indian win was led by London Olympic Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal who defeated Fabienne Deprez 21-15, 21-10. Following this, P.V. Sindhu then demolished Luise Heim 21-7, 21-12 in just 26 minutes which gave India a 2-0 lead. The doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa played an impressive match against Linda Efler and Lara Kaepplein, taking home a 14-21, 21-9, 21-8 win in 41 minutes. Yvonne Li didn’t last very long in front of Ruthvika Shivani Gadde as the score read 21-5, 21-15, while N. Sikki Reddy and Sindhu trounced Isabel Herttrich and Franziska Volkmann 21-18, 19-21, 22-20 in the second doubles match.
However, it turned out to be another disappointing day for the Indian men’s team as they were beaten 2-3 by Hong Kong. With this, they face an early exit from the tournament.
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