India women script history, crowned champions in Badminton Asia Team championships

Shah Alam, Feb 18: The Indian women’s team on Sunday scripted history after clinching their first-ever Badminton Asia Team Championships title, beating Thailand in the summit clash.

Indian team, led by ace shuttler PV Sindhu, defeated Thailand 3-2 to clinch the historic title.

Sindhu gave India an early lead with 21-12, 21-12 win over world no 17 Katethong Supanida in the opening match. Then the women’s pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand doubled India’s lead after registering a 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 win over Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

But, the Thai shuttlers were quick to turn the table by taking the next two matches as Ashmita Chaliha lost in straight games 11-21, 14-21 to Busanan Ongbanrunhphan and the women’s duo of Shruti and Priya went down 11-21, 9-11 to Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard.

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