Saina only victor in tie; men drub Cambodia
Nakornratchasima (Thailand), Feb 23: Chetan Anand shepherded the Indian men’s team to a 5-0 rout of Cambodia but the women shuttlers went down to Japan 1-4 despite Saina Nehwal’s victory over Ai Goto in the Thomas and Uber Cup Asia Zone qualifiers here on Tuesday.
India next take on a depleted Thailand team and are again expected to win and top Group C. They will play the runners-up in Group A in the last-eight matchup. In the Uber Cup, the Indian eves have no tie today and will play Philippines tomorrow (Thursday).
India was expected to whitewash Cambodia, and that they did without losing a game. Chetan outplayed Chanpisey Vann 21-11 21-10 in the first match and Arvind Bhatt then blanked Veasna Troeung 21-4 21-9.
Indian pair V Diju and Jishnu Sanyal crushed Mesa Vandy and Puthicheat Chindet 21-7 21-9 to clinch the tie
In the other matches, Sophors Suon surrendered to Anup Sridhar 9-21, 13-21 and Sanave Thomas-Rupesh Kumar beat Troeung-Vann 21-10 21-8.
On Tuesday, Saina bagged the first game against Ai Goto 21-13 and was leading 1-0 in the second when the Japanese retired from the match giving the world number seven Indian the win.
However, the other members of the Indian team squandered the early advantage and lost all the remaining matches.
Aparna Balan and Shruti Kurian were beaten 18-21 21-17 14-21 by the Japanese pair of Mami Naito and Shizuka Matsuo in the second match, while national champion Trupti Murgunde was drubbed 16-21 19-21 by Sayaka Sato in the next clash.
The most unexpected loss came in the second doubles, when Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa could not force the issue against Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna 21-13, 13-21, 21-12.
Eriko Hirose drubbed India’s Gayatri Vartak 21-12, 21-7 in the fifth match to round off a comfortable win.