Indian women enter Uber Cup quarterfinals

Rutaparna Panda & Tanisha Crasto
Rutaparna Panda, left, and Tanisha Crasto won their doubles tie. File photo: IANS

Aarhus (Denmark): Indian women progressed to the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup with a convincing 4-1 victory over Scotland, here on Tuesday.

India are now sitting second in Group B with two wins from as many matches.

The Indian team had beaten Spain 3-2 on Sunday when top player Saina Nehwal was forced retire from her match due to a groin issue.

Taking the court first, Malvika Bansod lost to Kirsty Gilmour 13-21 9-21 before Aditi Bhatt got the better of Rachel Sugden 21-14, 21-8 to level the tie.

The doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda then beat Julie Machperson and Ciara Torrance 21-11, 21-8 to hand India a 2-1 lead.

Tasnim Mir sealed the tie in India's favour by defeating Lauren Middleton 21-15, 21-6.

In the reverse doubles, the young Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of national coach Pullela Gopichand, fought hard to get the better of Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell 21-8, 19-21 21-10 in an exciting clash that lasted 55 minutes.

The Indian team will take on a strong Thailand on Wednesday.

India have twice reached the semifinals of the tournament in 2014 and 2016. 

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