Indian women displayed an excellent performance by defeating Thailand 3-1 in the quarter finals of Uber Cup tournament at Kungsan, China just few moments ago. After the initial set back of Saina Nehwal losing to Intanon, PV Sindhu, doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta, unranked Gadde produced an excellent display to seal the match for India.
In the first match, Saina Nehwal took on Intanon. The first game began off to a positive note for Saina as she took a 3-0 lead. Intanon came back well to equal the score at 3-3 and took a 3-4 lead. Both players fought for each point and took alternate points to equal the score at 8-8. At the interval Intanon led 11-8. After the interval Intanon played excellent badminton while Saina made unforced errors. Saina lost the first set 12-21. In the second game Intanon began on an aggressive note taking a 2-0 lead. Intanon continued to maintain the lead and led 11-9 at the interval. After the interval Saina made an excellent come back to reduce the gap to only one point at 17-18. Saina equalled the score at 19-19 before Intanon took 2 points to seal the game at 21-19 to give Thailand 1-0 lead.
In the second match, PV Sindhu took on Busnan. In the first game Sindhu started the game on a good note taking a 4-2 lead and continued to put pressure on the Thai player. At the interval Sindhu had a commanding lead of 11-7. After the interval Busnan made an excellent come back to equal the score at 12-12. PV Sindhu took points in succession to lead 18-14 before Busnan reduced the gap to 17-18. Sindhu held her nerve and sealed the first set 21-18. In the second game Sindhu dominated the game right from the start and took a 8-0 lead. At the interval Sindhu led 11-2 and did not allow her opponent a chance in the game and won the second set 21-7 to level the score at 1-1.
In the third match, the doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ponappa took on Sapsiree and Puttita. In the first game the Indian pair began on aggressive note taking a 7-4 lead. The Thai pair played aggressive badminton as the Indian pair made unforced errors to level the score 8-8. At the interval Jwala Gutta/ Ponappa had slender lead of 11-10. After the interval, the Indian pair led 14-12 before Thai pair took points in succession to level the score at 16-16. Both pairs fought for each point as the Indian pair held their nerves to seal the first set 21-19. In the second game the Indian pair took a 5-2 lead. The Thai pair took 3 points in succession to level the score at 5-5. The Indian pair showed their class and led 11-7 at the interval. After the interval, there was no stopping Indian pair and won the second set 21-12 to give India a 2-1 lead in the match.’
In the fourth match, Shivani Gadde played against Jindapol. In the first game, both players began well taking alternate points to equal the score at 3-3. Shivani Gadde played excellent badminton and led 7-5. At the interval Gadde led 11-6. After the interval Shivani Gadde showed her grit to have 10 match points. Jindapol took 7 points in succession but Gadde sealed the first game 21-18. In the second game, both players took 4 points each at the start. Jindapol took 11-9 at the interval. After the interval Gadde levelled the score at 13-1. She maintained her composure to win the game 21-16 and seal the match 3-1.
With this win the Indian women’s team enters into the semi-finals of the tournament. They will face winner of Chinese Taipei and China tomorrow.