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India Women Closer to Quarters, Men Face Early Exit

Nehwal guided the Indian women to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in the Uber Cup, but the men's team suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against Hong Kong.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:May 17, 2016, 3:44 PM IST
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India Women Closer to Quarters, Men Face Early Exit
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China: Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in the 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 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy 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, while 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.

India will take on the 2014 runners-up Japan in a Group D match tomorrow. The Indian eves had lost 2-3 to Japan in the semifinals of the last edition.

Earlier, world number 21 Jayaram opened the proceedings for India against Ng Ka Long Angus, ranked 11th, but his fight ended with a 13-21 12-21 loss in little over half an hour.

Manu and Sumeeth, the first men's doubles pair to qualify for Olympics, also lost the opening doubles, going down 19-21 12-21 in 32 minutes as India lagged behind 0-2.

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