Uber Cup: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu Falter in Semis, India Settle for Historic Bronze

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu lost the deciding doubles match as Japan came from behind to win the Uber Cup semis 3-2. India finished third for the first time in the competition.

updated: May 24, 2014 09:22 IST
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New Delhi: It was heartbreak for India as Japan entered the final of the Uber Cup here on Saturday evening. India blew a 2-0 lead as Japan bounced back to force the fifth and final Rubber in front of a partisan Siri Fort crowd. Japan will play China in the title round.

The hosts fielded Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in the deciding doubles but India's best shuttlers, who rarely play doubles at the international level, expectedly failed as a team against the Japanese pair of Miyuki Maeda and Reika Kakiiwa. Saina and Sindhu lost 14-21, 11-21 in just 39 minutes.

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