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Indian women register emphatic start in Uber Cup with clean sweep over Canada

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

New Delhi, May 18 (IANS): Indian women shuttlers got off to a fantastic start by registering a clean sweep in their Uber Cup opener, winning 5-0 against Canada on the first day of the prestigious Uber Cup at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Sunday.

With the help of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, India took an unassailable 3-0 lead over Canada in the tournament opener.

Skipper Saina thrashed her World No. 218 opponent Joycelyn Ko 21-4, 21-12 in the first singles followed by World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu’s easy 21-16, 21-3 win over Rachael Honderich in the second singles.

“My rhythm was good and strokes were coming out well but we have tougher opponents ahead,” Saina said.

Jwala and Ashwini also eased past Bruce Alex and Phyllis Chan 21-11, 21-12 in the first doubles match to clinch the tie for the hosts.

Later, P.C.Thulasi won the third singles against Brittney Tam 21-11, 21-13 and Pradnya Gadre and N.Siki Reddy won the second doubles 20-22, 21-18, 21-16 over Grace Gao and Rachael Honderich to whitewash Canada. India will play Hong Kong Monday.

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