China flattened India in the Uber Cup badminton semifinals at Kunshan on Friday. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu lost their singles matches while Jwala Gutta and Sikki Reddy went down without a fight in their doubles fixture.
The 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie was enough for China to seal a berth in the final. India will have to settle with a bronze, the second time they have won it in the history of the women’s team tournament. Top seed China will await the winners of Korea versus Japan in the title match.
Saina went down to Li Xuerui after a battle of attrition. She lost the first game 21-15, won the second 21-12 but the Chinese champion, who won the London Olympics gold in 2012, won the third 21-17. The match lasted over an hour. Read More