Uber Cup: Uber Cup 2021: resilient India beats Spain by 3-2
In the opening match of the match, Saina Nehwal, India’s first Uber Cup women’s singles player, was forced to withdraw from her opener against Spain’s Clara Azurmendi when she felt a sudden pain in the groin.
Before retiring from the match, the Indian narrowly lost the opener 20-22 to world number 58 Azurmendi. With this, Saina was then unable to continue the second game.
For the second game of the meeting, Malvika Bansod propelled India to a retort as the 20-year-old defeated 71st World Beatriz Corrales in consecutive matches. The left-handed Indian commuter overtook the Spaniard by 21-13, 21-15.
In Game 3, doubles pair Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda edged out India by beating Paula Lopez and Lorena Usle 21-10, 21-8.
Game 4 saw Aditi Bhatt give India the deciding advantage. She beat her compatriot Ania Setien, 18, in consecutive games by 21-16, 21-14.
In the second doubles match of the game, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy lost to Clara Azurmendi and Beatriz Corrales by 18-21, 21-14, 17-21.
The Indian Uber Cup team are now set to face Scotland on October 12, followed by Thailand on October 13.