India Women’s Badminton team clinch Asian Championship, Is India becoming a superpower in Badminton?

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After several unsuccessful campaigns over the years, finally, the India women’s badminton team finally made history by clinching the Badminton Asia Team Championships title on January 18 in Malaysia. In a closely contested final, they defeated Thailand 3-2. This marks the first occasion for India to secure the esteemed continental team championship title in the sport’s history.

PV Sindhu took to social media to share a video capturing herself and her Indian teammates, along with the team’s support staff and coach, forming a circle, each posing with a golden key. In the video, Sindhu is then seen using the key to unlock a casket, revealing the cherished Badminton Asia Team Championships trophy inside.

India Women’s Badminton team came out on top in a thrilling final

The final on Sunday lived up to its hype, and in a stellar performance, the young and sprightly group of Indian women’s team, led by P.V. Sindhu, defied all expectations as it rose to the occasion to come up trumps against two-time bronze medallists Thailand.

Two-time Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu, who is returning to action after a four-month injury-forced break, was back to her aggressive best as rode on her power and placement to outclass world no 17 Supanida Katethong 21-12 21-12 in the first singles and hand India a 1-0 lead.

World no. 23 Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand then continued their splendid run, dishing out another gritty performance to shock world no. 10 pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Pra Jongjai 21-16 18-21 21-16 to put India in the driver’s seat.

Playing the second singles against world no. 18 Busanan Ongbamrungphan, expectations were high for Ashmita Chaliha after her stunning win against former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Saturday.

The Indian, who had defeated Busanan during the Singapore Open in 2022, stayed in the match till 14-14 in the second game but a string of unforced errors thereafter cost Ashmita dearly as she went down 11-21 14-21 to the experienced Thai.

It was going to be a tall task for young Shruti Mishra and Priya Konjengbam, the senior national champions, to tame the world no 13 combinations of Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard and the Indian duo expectedly lost 11-21 9-21 in just 29 minutes.

The tie evenly poised at 2-2, Anmol Kharb again shouldered the responsibility of taking India through and she did just that with a dominating 21-14 21-9 victory over world no. 45 Pornpicha Choeikeewong in the deciding third singles.

India: A New Superpower in Badminton?

With this much-awaited maiden continental team championship, the India Women’s badminton team has shown a lot of promise from the competition. Apart from the Olympic medalist P.V Sindhu, the others also contributed on a high note at crucial junctures throughout the competition.

India already stamped authority in various tournaments across the world. But with this win and looking at the promising future, India can well be a superpower in this wrist game, along with the likes of China, Japan, and Korea.

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