Thomas and Uber Cup 2024: Young Indian shuttlers emerged victorious against Canada in the tournament opener

Indian women's badminton team started off their 2024 Thomas and Uber Cup campaign with a 4-1 victory against Canada in Group A.

Anamol Kharb in afile photo (image credits: twitter/@India_AllSports)
By Saket Sonwane | Apr 27, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Indian badminton campaign at the 2024 Thomas and Uber Cup got off to a flying start with the women’s team dominating their Group A opening match against Canada. The Indian women secured a convincing 4-1 victory, showcasing their exceptional talent and strategic gameplay.

Asmita Chaliha vs Michelle Li

In the first game of the Uber Cup, Indian badminton star Asmita Chaliha defeated Canada’s Michelle Li in two closely contested games, with scores of 26-24 and 24-22. Chaliha showed great composure, saving game points in both sets to secure a crucial victory for India. Although Michelle started strong by scoring six consecutive points, Asmita managed to catch up and secure the first game by a score of 26-24. In the second game, both players played well. Still, Asmita’s superior skills allowed her to overpower the Canadian shuttler and take the game, thus securing the first win for India in Group A.

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Priya Konjengbam and Shruti Mishra vs Catherine Choi and Jeslyn Chow

The Indian women’s duo of Priya Konjengbam and Shruti Mishra secured an effortless victory against the Canadian women’s duo of Catherine Choi and Jeslyn Chow with a score of 21-12, 21-10. In the first game, the Indian duo dominated Catherine and Jeslyn from the beginning, scoring multiple consecutive points at intervals, eventually winning the game with a score of 21-12. Similarly, in the second game, Priya Konjengbam and Shruti Mishra displayed great skill, leading them to a win with a significant score difference of 21-10.

Isharani Baruah vs Wen Yu Zhang

In the second singles match of Group A in the Uber Cup, India’s Isharani Baruah scored an easy victory against Wen Yu Zhang of Canada, winning 21-13, 21-12 in just 30 minutes. In the first game, both players were evenly matched until the score was tied at 8-8. However, Isharani took control and won eight consecutive points to secure the first game, 21-13. In the second game, she continued to dominate with her skills, ultimately winning 21-12 against Wen Yu Zhang.

Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker vs Jackie Dent and Crystal Lai

During the second doubles game of The Uber Cup in group A, Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker, representing India, lost to the Canadian duo of Jackie Dent and Crystal Lai. The final score was 21-19, 21-15. Although the Indian pair played well in both games, a few misjudgements and mistakes led to their defeat by a score of 21-19, 21-15.

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Anamol Kharb vs Eliana Zhang

During the recent Uber Cup tie, 17-year-old Indian shuttler Anamol Kharb won the last singles match by defeating Eliana Zhang of Canada in two dominant games, with scores of 21-15 and 21-11 respectively. In the first game, Anamol’s strategic and skilful gameplay led her to victory. In the second game, the Indian shuttler had a clear intention of winning and dominated Eliana by scoring consecutive points, ultimately registering her victory with a score of 21-11.

The Indian men’s badminton team (Thomas Cup) will play their first group-stage match today. The team is hoping to follow the success of their female counterparts who have performed well in the tournament. There are high expectations for the Indian badminton teams who have the support of the nation behind them, making it a promising run in this prestigious tournament.

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