PV Sindhu guides Indian women’s team to quarters

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PV Sindhu guides Indian women’s team to quarters

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Debarshee Mitra

02/17/2016

In the absence of World No.2 Saina Nehwal, World No.12 PV Sindhu guided the Indian women’s team to a quarter-final spot in the Badminton Asia Team Championships defeating Singapore 5-0 in their opening group match at Hyderabad on Wednesday. India will next face Japan tomorrow to decide the group winners.

In the first women’s singles tie of the evening, PV Sindhu, who suffered a shock defeat to Ruthvika Shivani Gadde in the final of the 12th South Asian Games last week, thrashed World No.42 Xiaoyu Liang in straight games to guide India to a good start in the tie. Sindhu dominated the match from the start to finish and won it 21-17, 21-11 in 33 minutes to take India to a 1-0 lead.

PC Thulasi, who is ranked 111th in the world, also registered an easy victory against Hui Zhen Grace Chua from Singapore by defeating her 21-16, 21-7 to double India’s lead in the tie. The Singapore shuttler put in a spirited effort in the first game pushing her Indian rival for every point, but after a loss in the first game, Hui Zhen tamely surrendered the second game to let Thulasi take a win in 32 minutes.

India took an unassailable 3-0 lead after the third women’s singles, which was won by 18-year old South Asian Games champion Ruthvika Shivani Gadde in straight games against Singapore shuttler Yeo Jia Min. Back from her upset victory over PV Sindhu in the South Asian Games, Ruthvika looked in full confidence in her match racing to a 21-14, 21-11 victory in just 34 minutes.

With all five matches being played in the group stages, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Shinta Mulia Sari and Wei Han Tan 21-18, 21-16, while PV Sindhu and Sikki Reddy defeated Jia Ying Crystal Wong and Jia Min Yeo 21-8,21-14.

Brief Scores:

1. Women’s Singles: PV Sindhu vs Xiaoyu Liang 21-17,21-11

2. Women’s Singles: PC Thulasi vs Hui Zhen Grace Chua 21-16, 21-7

3. Women’s Singles: Ruthvika Shivani Gadde vs Yeo Jia Min 21-14, 21-11

4. Women’s Doubles: Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Shinta Mulia Sari and Wei Han Tan 21-18, 21-6

5. Women’s Doubles: PV Sindhu/Sikki Reddy vs Jia Ying Crystal Wong and Jia Min Yeo 21-8,21-14

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