Thomas and Uber Cup: Indian women start campaign on a high, maul Australia 5-0
Kunshan: Indian women made a stupendous start to their campaign at the Uber Cup badminton tournament by thrashing Australia 5-0 on Monday.
The Indian women, who had created history by clinching the bronze medal in the last edition at New Delhi, won all the three singles and both the doubles to grab maximum points at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium in China.
World No. 8 Saina Nehwal started the proceedings for India and after a brief struggle against World No. 74 Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, notched up a 22-20 21-14 win to give India a 1-0 lead.
Two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, P V Sindhu then brushed aside Joy Lai in 25 minutes to make it 2-0
in their favour.
Celebrated women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dished out a clinical performance to get across Hsuan-Yu Wendy and Gronya Somerville 21-9 21-15 in a 28-minute match.
South Asian Games gold-medallist, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde then hammered Tiffany Ho 21-5 21-11 in the third singles,
while Sikki Reddy N and Sindhu dismantled Leanne Choo and Joy Lai 21-12 21-12 to complete the 5-0 drubbing.
In the opening singles match, Saina had opened a 5-0 lead early on but Chen narrowed it down to 7-8. The Indian once surged ahead to 14-7 but Chen slowly and steadily made her way back to catch up with her at 19-19.
Saina, however, had the last laugh as she grabbed two points from 20-20 to pocket the first game.
In the second, Chen had zoomed to a 13-7 lead but Saina reeled off nine straight points to turn the tables and didn't
look back to seal the issue.
India will take on Germany tomorrow in their next Group D match.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu's sincere encouragement left me in tears, reveals silver-medallist Tai Tzu Ying
Competing in her third Olympics, Tai Tzu finally stood atop the podium, finishing with a silver medal after going down to Chen Yu Fei of China 18-21 21-19 18-21 in the final on Sunday.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.