Uber Cup: India inches closer to quarters

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 badminton tournament here today.

Saina Nehwal thrashed Fabienne Deprez of Germany 21-15, 21-10.   -  Getty Images

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 badminton tournament here today.

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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.

The 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 lost 2-3 to Japan in the semifinals of the last edition.

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