India begin Uber Cup campaign with 5-0 thrashing of Australia

Kunshan (China), May 16 (IANS) The Indian women’s badminton team made a strong start to their Uber Cup campaign, thrashing Australia 5-0 here on Monday.

The Indian girls were in total domination from the start and whitewashed the Aussies, winning the three singles and the two doubles matches in their Group D match at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium.

India next face Germany on Tuesday.

World No.8 Saina Nehwal began the rout for India, beating No.74 Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen 22-20, 21-14.

P.V. Sindhu then easily defeated Joy Lai in 25 minutes to make it 2-0 in their favour, claiming a 21-12, 21-11 victory.

Doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa conquered Hsuan-Yu Wendy and Gronya Somerville 21-9, 21-15 in only 28 minutes to make it 3-0.

Ruthvika Shivani Gadde beat Tiffany Ho 21-5, 21-11 in the third singles match.

Sikki Reddy N and Sindhu claimed a 21-12, 21-12 win against Leanne Choo and Joy Lai to complete the whitewash.

–IANS

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