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Uber Cup: India women blanked 0-5

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February 15, 2012 21:48 IST
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Despite the presence of world number four Saina Nehwal, India's women shuttlers were blanked 0-5 by China in the Uber Cup (Asia Zone), while the men's team went down 2-3 after a valiant fight against Indonesia in the Thomas Cup in Macau.

India's biggest hope, Saina suffered a narrow 19-21, 19-21 defeat to world number six Yanjiao Jiang.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa lost the doubles rubber 19-21 10-21 to Yunlei Zhao and Qing Tian.

PV Sindhu was no match for Xuerui Li as she lost the third match 16-21, 13-21.

Prajakta Sawant and Pradnya Gadre lost the second doubles rubber 18-21 19-21 to Shu Cheng and Pan Pan.

The story remained the same for Sayali Gokhale who lost the final rubber Xin (F) Liu 9-21, 2-21.

In the Thomas Cup too, India were off to a bad start as P Kashyap lost 7-21 15-21 to Simon Santoso in the first match.

The duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas drew level after they saw of Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-18, 21-16 in the doubles rubber.

Olympic champion Taufiq Hidayat helped Indonesia regain the lead after he thrashed Anand Pawar 21-16, 21-13.

India fell back further after Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra lost the second doubles rubber 21-18, 21-16 to Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to concede the tie.

In the inconsequential fifth match, B Sai Praneeth eked out a hard-fought 21-13, 15-21, 9-21 win over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka.

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