Indian women's badminton team assured itself of at least a bronze medal after notching up a comfortable 3-1 win over Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup in Kunshan, China on Thursday.
Medal assured 🏅🏅Women team storms to the semis of Uber Cup 🏸Well done @NSaina @Pvsindhu1 @Guttajwala @P9Ashwini pic.twitter.com/dJw43F3BUG— Olympic Gold Quest (@OGQ_India) May 19, 2016
The Indian women's team had created history in the last edition when it clinched a historic bronze in New Delhi after losing to Japan in the semifinals.
On a day when India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal bit the dust against 2013 World Champion, Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles, P V Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa took the responsibility on themselves and won the second singles and first doubles.
And we are through to the semis!!Woooohooooo!💃🏻👯 😄 Way to go team!💪🏼👏🏼 Great team work!👌🏻😊Brilliant play Ruthvika👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/mCMhTYyTNy— Ashwini Ponnappa (@P9Ashwini) May 19, 2016
It was young shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who sealed the win for India after she dished out a superb game to outclass Nitchaon Jindapol in the second singles.
India is likely to take on China in the semifinals on Friday.
Olympic bronze-medallist Saina started the proceedings but she could not breach the defence of World No. 2 Ratchanok, who notched up a 21-12 21-19 win over the Indian to give Thailand a 1-0 lead.
It was World No. 8 Saina's fifth defeat to the Thai girl.
However, World No. 10 Sindhu brought India back in the hunt after registering a 21-18 21-7 win over Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the second singles which lasted 43 minutes.
In the first doubles, 2010 Commonwealth Games champions Jwala and Ashwini prevailed 21-19 21-12 over Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a 39-minute clash to make it 2-1 in India's favour.
Ruthvika was then given the responsibility of taking India home and the 19-year-old showed her prowess with a 21-18 21-16 win over World No. 25 Nitchaon in a 41-minute third singles to seal the victory for India.
The second doubles between Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai and N Sikki Reddy and Sindhu was thus rendered inconsequential.