Uber Cup: India seal quarterfinal spot

P V Sindhu
P V Sindhu gave India a winning start. File photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je

Bangkok: Indian women's badminton team sailed into the knockout stage of the Uber Cup Finals after humbling USA 4-1 in a lopsided Group D match here on Tuesday.

India, who had defeated Canada 4-1 in their opening tie, notched up a second successive win to make sure of a top-two finish in their group to qualify for the quarterfinals.

P V Sindhu once again led the proceedings with a 21-10, 21-11 win over Jennie Gai. Doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly then beat Francesca Corbett and Allison Lee 21-19, 21-10 before Aakashi Kashyap notched up a 21-18, 21-11 victory over Esther Shi as India took an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Young doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker went down fighting to Lauren Lam and Kodi Tang Lee 12-21, 21-17, 13-21 to salvage some pride for the US.

In the final match, Ashmita Chaliha prevailed 21-18, 21-13 over Natalie Chi to wrap up the match.

The Indian women, who won two bronze medals in the past, will next face Korea on Wednesday in their last group match.

The Indian men's team also qualified for the knockout stage of the Thomas Cup after ensuring a top-two finish in their group. 

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