Uber Cup 2016: India loses to China, settles for bronze
The Indian women’s badminton lost to China 0-3 in the semi-finals of Uber Cup 2016 played at Kungsan earlier today. It was a spirited performance by the Indian players as Chinese team was too strong for the Indian team.
In the first match, Saina took on Li Xuerui. Both players took alternate points to equal the score at 3-3. The Indian player took a 7-4 lead and continued to maintain the lead till 10-6. Li scored 4 points in succession to equal the score at 10-10. At the interval, Saina led 11-10. After the interval Li played excellently and Saina Nehwal made lots of unforced errors. Li won the first set at 21-15. In the second game, Li dominated and took an early 4-1 lead. Saina rallied with some good shots and equalled the score at 6-6. At the interval the Indian player took an 11-8 lead. After the interval, Saina never allowed Li to come back into the match and won the second set 21-12. In the deciding game Li again began well to take a 4-1 lead. Saina showed her class and took a 6-5 lead. Both players fought for each point. At the interval, Saina led 11-9. After the interval Li played outstanding badminton and won the third set 21-17 to give China 1-0 lead.
In the second match, PV Sindhu took on Wang Shigxan. In the first game, Wang dominated Sindhu right from word go. The Chinese player led 11-6 at the interval. After the interval, Wang continued to play excellent badminton and won the first set 21-13. The second game was a different story as PV Sindhu really created pressure on Wang and took an 11-4. After the interval, Sindhu was leading 18-8 but Wang stayed in the game by taking 6 successive points to reduce the gap to 14-18. Sindhu was at game point but Wang equalled the score at 20-20 and then won the game 23-21 to give China 2-0 lead.
In the third match Jwala Gutta/ Sikki Reddy taking on Tiang and Zhao. The Chinese pair dominated the Indian pair and dominated them right from word go. The Chinese pair won the match 21-6,21-6 to give China a 3-0 lead and also a place in the finals.
With this loss, India will settle for the bronze medal with an okay performance in the tournament. In the last edition, Indian women won the bronze medal as well.
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