India beat Scotland to reach Uber Cup QFs


The Indian women’s team progressed to the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup in Denmark with a convincing 4-1 victory over Scotland, with Aditi Bhatt and Tasnim Mir registering comfortable singles victories. India are placed second in Group B with two wins from as many matches.

Earlier, the Indian team had beaten Spain 3-2 on Sunday, but the joy was tempered with Saina Nehwal forced to 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 got the better of Rachel Sugden 21-14 21-8 to level the scores. The doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda then beat Julie Macpherson and Ciara Torrance 21-11 21-8 to hand India a 2-1 lead.

Tasnim then sealed the tie in India’s favour by defeating Lauren Middleton 21-15 21-6. In the reverse doubles fixture, the young Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of national coach Pullela Gopichand, fought hard before getting the better of Gilmour and Eleanor O’Donnell 21-8 19-21 21-10 in an exciting clash that lasted for 55 minutes.

The Indian team will take on a strong Thailand on Wednesday. India has twice (2014, New Delhi and 2016, Kunshan) reached the semifinals of the tournament.

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