India shock Thailand to reach Uber Cup semi-finals
KUNSHAN: In the Uber Cup quarter-finals played here on Thursday, India upset Thailand 3-1 while defending champions China ran out easy 3-0 winners over Taiwan.
Japan meanwhile proved too strong for Denmark while South Korea outplayed Indonesia 3-0.
India's No 1 Saina Nehwal, however, did not win her match against former world champion Ratchanok Intanon. Nehwal lost 21-12, 21-19 but it was Thailand's only win against the Indians.
P.V.Sindhu, ranked No 10 in the world, leveled the score at 1-1 when she beat Busanan Ongbumrungphan in straight sets 21-18, 21-7 in the second singles.
Rio Olympics-bound Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa carved out a 21-19, 21-12 win over Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the first doubles. Interestingly, Nehwal and Sindhu will also be competing in the Rio Olympics.
But it was young Ruthvika Shivani Gadde who turned in a sterling performance in the third singles to beat her experienced opponent Nitchaon Jindapol 21-18, 21-16 in 41 minutes for an unassailable 3-1 lead,
It was a stroll for the Koreans against Indonesia. They sensationally sealed a place in the last four by winning the first and second singles and the first doubles.