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Another first for women shuttlers

India virtually assured themselves a maiden berth in the Uber Cup finals as they beat Chinese Taipei 3-2 to make the semifinal of the Asian Zone qualifiers in Thailand on Friday, reports HT Correspondent.

other Updated: Feb 27, 2010 01:00 IST
HT Correspondent

India virtually assured themselves a maiden berth in the Uber Cup finals as they beat Chinese Taipei 3-2 to make the semifinal of the Asian Zone qualifiers in Thailand on Friday.

Speaking to HT on Thursday, national coach P. Gopichand, admitted beating the Chinese Taipei would be tough. “They are the best in our group. A win will also boost the team’s confidence,” he said.

In the first match, Saina Nehwal beat Chen Hsiao Huan, 15-21, 14-21. But Aparna Balan and Shruti Kurien went down to Chien Yu Chin and Wang Pei Rong 21-11, 14-21, 18-21. Sayali Gokhale made it a 2-1 lead as she beat Hung Shih Han 15-21, 21-10, 23-21. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa beat Cheng Wen Hsing and Chang Hsin Yun 21-16, 21-16.