Uber Cup: India exits the tournament after a 0-3 defeat to Japan in the quarterfinals

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The Indian women’s badminton team’s journey in the Uber Cup came to an end after a loss to Japan in the quarterfinals. Despite the defeat, the team’s performance throughout the tournament was commendable and showcased the potential of young Indian shuttlers on the global stage.

India demonstrates a fighting spirit at Uber Cup

The quarterfinal match against Japan was a tough contest. Ashmita Chaliha, one of the promising talents of Indian badminton, put up a valiant fight against Aya Ohori in the opening women’s singles match. Despite losing the first game, Chaliha bounced back to win the second game. However, she couldn’t maintain the momentum in the third game and lost the match.

Speaking about her performance Ashmita said, “I had lost to her pretty badly in Syed Modi international and I came into the match with a mindset that I have to play my best. In the third game, so made some silly errors after 11-9 and that cost me the match.”

In the doubles match, national champions Shruti Mishra and Priya Konjengbam faced a straight-game defeat against Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida. The young duo, despite their loss, showed glimpses of their potential and are expected to learn from this experience.

Isharani Baruah, another young talent, was up against former world champion Nozomi Okuhara. Baruah led in both games but couldn’t convert her lead into a win. Despite the loss, her performance against a seasoned player like Okuhara was noteworthy.

The Indian women’s team had a spirited run in the tournament, reaching the quarterfinals with victories against Canada and Singapore. However, they faced a formidable opponent in Japan, which resulted in their exit from the tournament.

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