India’s journey in the Uber Cup is over
India’s women’s team’s journey in the Uber Cup 2021 ended in the quarter-finals. India lost 0-3 to defending champions Japan in this match of the last eight. The Indian women’s team had got only one defeat in the group round, after which it secured a place in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, the Indian men’s team will face Denmark on Friday in the quarterfinal match of the Thomas Cup.
The women’s team had won bronze medals in the Uber Cup in 2014 and 2016 but this time it missed two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu who had decided to take a sabbatical after the Tokyo Games. London Olympics bronze medalist Saina, who failed to make it to the Tokyo Games, was the Indian force but she was forced to sit on the bench after an injured opening match. Young Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt and Tasneem Mir tried their best and played a vital role in taking the team to the quarterfinals.
Japan did a clean sweep
The first women’s singles match was played between the two countries in which Malavika Mansood of India faced Japan’s legendary Akane Yamaguchi. In this match, which lasted for 34 minutes, Japan’s star won 21-12, 21-17. At the same time, India’s pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rituparna Panda had to face defeat in the women’s doubles match. The Japanese pair lost to the Indian pair 8-21, 10-21. This match lasted 41 minutes. The third match was a do or die situation for India in which it had to face defeat. In the second women’s singles match of the match, Saika Takahashi defeated Aditi Bhatt of India 21-16, 21-7 in a match that lasted just 29 minutes. After a 3-0 lead, Japan did not need to play any further matches.
Indian team was defeated by Thailand
The women’s team suffered a 0-5 defeat to strong Thailand in their last group match in the Uber Cup. This was the first defeat for the Indian women’s team, having defeated Spain 3-2 and Scotland 4-1. Malvika Bansod lost 15-21 11-21 to Pornapavi Chuchowong in the opening women’s singles. India needed to register a win in the next doubles match but the pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki N Reddy went down 16-21 12-21 to Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai. India needed a win in Aditi Bhatt’s next singles match to stay in this match, in which she tried her best but lost 16-21 21-18 15-21 to Busanan Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted 59 minutes.
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