Uber Cup: Indian eves assured of a bronze
On a day when India’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal bit the dust against 2013 World Champion, Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles, P V Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa took the responsibility on themselves and won the second singles and first doubles.
It was young shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who sealed the win for India after she dished out a superb game to outclass Nitchaon Jindapol in the second singles.India is likely to take on China in the semifinals on Friday.
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina started the proceedings but she could not breach the defence of World No. 2 Ratchanok, who notched up a 21-12 21-19 win over the Indian to give Thailand a 1-0 lead.
However, World No. 10 Sindhu brought India back in the hunt after registering a 21-18 21-7 win over Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the second singles which lasted 43 minutes.
In the first doubles, Jwala and Ashwini prevailed 21-19 21-12 over Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a 39-minute clash to make it 2-1 in India’s favour.
Ruthvika,19-year-old, had the responsibiliy of taking India home and she showed her prowess with a 21-18 21-16 win over World No. 25 Nitchaon in a 41-minute singles to seal the victory for India.