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Easy draw for women

New Delhi: India received a relatively easy draw in the knock-out stages of the Uber Cup. The Saina Nehwals will play Indonesia in the quarter finals at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Friday.

In the other quarter finals, favourites China take on England, Korea play Thailand and Japan have been pitted against Denmark. India coach Pullela Gopichand was pleased with the way the girls played against Thailand on Tuesday and expressed confidence about the team reaching the semi-finals.

Asked why Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu were played as a doubles combination, Gopichand said: “The way it turned out, we had our best three upfront and we could wrap up the game.

“Otherwise, I think it is the two-all pressure that plays a major role. So we wanted to put someone who had some experience and Saina said she would take the responsibility. If needed, we will play Saina and Sindhu together again. Despite losing, the way they played was really good.”

Gopi said there was so much talk about Saina not playing well this season, but she has proved everyone wrong by beating world champion Ratchanok Intanon.

Meanwhile, in the Thomas Cup, the Indian shuttlers salvaged some pride by beating Germany 3-2 and finish third in the group.