Saina Nehwal is already injured in the match
The Indian men’s badminton team made a great start in the Thomas Cup final by defeating the Netherlands 5-0 in their opening Group C match. On the other hand, veteran badminton player Saina Nehwal had to pull out of the first match of the Uber Cup finals against Spain due to an injury but India started their campaign with a 3-2 win on Sunday due to a strong performance from the young players.
India’s women’s star PV Sindhu is not participating in this tournament. Olympic.com quoted Saina as saying, ‘I had a tightness in my waist. I was surprised how it happened. I was trying to get my rhythm back but it was not happening. I had to leave the match in the middle because the pain was increasing a lot during the long rallies.
Women’s team won the first match by 3-2
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina opened the Indian challenge. She had to withdraw from the match against Spain’s Clara Ajurmendi due to pain near her back. At this time she lost the first game 20-22. Malvika Bansod, however, ensured that India quickly recovered from the upset of the opening match. She made the score 1-1 by registering a 21-13, 21-15 win over former world No. 20 player Beatriz Corrales. Tanisha Cresto and Rituparna Panda then put on impressive performances to beat Spain’s Paula Lopez and Lorena Usley 21-10, 21-8 to give India a 2-1 lead in the five-match match.
In the third singles match, Aditi Bhatt showed her talent and defeated Ania Setien of Spain 21-16, 21-14. With Aditi’s victory, India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the match. The women’s pair of Commonwealth Games bronze medalist N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, however, failed to beat the world ranked 122nd pair of Ajurmendi and Corales in the final match. The Indian pair lost 18-21, 21-14, 17-21.
one-sided victory for men
Kidambi Srikanth got the team off to a good start with a 21-12, 21-14 win over Joran Kwikel in the men’s singles match played on Sunday night. After this, the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Ruben Jill and Tice van der Lek 21-19, 21-12 to take India 2-0.
World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth beat Robin Messman 21-4, 21-12 in the second singles match to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila beat Andy Buisic and Brian Wasink 21-12 21-13 in the second doubles match while Sameer Verma defeated Gijs Deutz 21-6 21-11 in the third and final singles match to give India a clean sweep. succeeded in doing.
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