Asia Badminton Team Championship: PV Sindhu leads India to 3-2 win over Hong Kong
Olympic silver- medallist PV Sindhu led the women’s team to a thrilling 3-2 win over Hong Kong as India made a positive start in the Asia Badminton Team Championship Alor Setar on Tuesday.
With London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal pulling out of the tournament citing a groin injury, Sindhu proved her mettle as she first claimed the singles match and then combined with N Sikki Reddy to win the second doubles game.
Sindhu recovered quickly from her heart-breaking loss at the finals of the India Open last Sunday won 21-12 21-18 over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in the first singles.
Ashwini Ponnappa and Prajakta Sawant then played their heart out before losing 22-20 20-22 10-21 to Ng Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting in a 52-minute first women’s doubles clash.
Young Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli took the court against Cheung Ying Mei but her gallant fight ended with a 19 -21 21-18 20-22 loss in the second singles as India trailed 1 -2 after three of the five-match tie.
Sindhu then combined with Sikki and notched up a 21-15 15-21 21-14 win over Ng Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying to equalise. It eventually came down to the third singles and Ruthvika …read more