Uber Cup: Saina Nehwal Beats World Champion Ratchanok Intanon as Indian Eves Thrash Thailand

Saina Nehwal beat Ratchanok Intanon 22-20, 21-14 in 42 minutes in the first singles to give India a 1-0 lead in their Uber Cup tie against Thailand.

updated: August 12, 2014 16:59 IST
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New Delhi: Saina Nehwal produced one of her finest performances in recent times to guide Indian women's team to a comfortable victory over Thailand and catapult the hosts to the top of Group Y in the Uber Cup badminton tournament here on Tuesday.

Star shuttlers Saina and PV Sindhu notched up comfortable victories in the first two singles and then Commonwealh Games gold medalists pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa completed the drubbing with another gutsy win to put India 3-0 ahead at the Siri Fort Sports complex here.

It was vintage Saina on display here as the Indian rode on her array of shots and better court coverage to stave off the challenge from World champion Ratchanok Intanon 22-20, 21-14 in the first singles to give India a brilliant start against Thailand.

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