Kunshan (China): Saina Nehwal guided the Indian eves to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in Uber Cup, but the men’s team suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against Hong Kong, as they stared at an early exit in Thomas Cup badminton tournament here on Tuesday.
It turned out to be another disappointing day for the men’s team after Ajay Jayaram lost the opening singles and Rio-bound pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy and young combo of R. Satwik Sai Raj and Chirag Shetty also lost their respective doubles matches.
Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma restored some pride with thrilling victories in the second and third singles to narrow down the margin of defeat. Later in the day, Saina and P.V. Sindhu enthralled the spectators with straight-game wins in the women’s singles, and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa then bounced back from a game down to eke out a win in the first women’s doubles and take an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Starting the proceedings for Indian women’s team, London Olympic bronze medallist Saina thrashed Fabienne Deprez 21-15, 21-10 and World No.10 Sindhu brushed aside Luise Heim 21-7, 21-12 to give India a 2-0 lead. 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Jwala and Ashwini prevailed over Linda Efler and Lara Kaepplein 14-21, 21-9, 21-8 in a 41-minute clash in the first doubles to give India a 3-0 advantage.
In the last two inconsequential matches, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde trounced Yvonne Li 21-5, 21-15 while N. Sikki Reddy and Sindhu paired up to beat Isabel Herttrich and Franziska Volkmann 21-18, 19-21, 22-20 in the second doubles.