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Badminton Asia Team C'ships: Indian Women Qualify For Final

India badminton women’s have defeated the mighty Japanese 3-2 in the semifinal and booked a spot in the final of the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia on Saturday

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Ace shuttler PV Sindhu had lost her opening tie to Japanese player Aya Ohori. Photo: File
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Indian women's badminton team have scripted history by defeating Japan 3-2 in a thrilling encounter of the Badminton Asia Team Championships semi-final clash in Malaysia on Saturday. (More Badminton News)

After PV Sindhu had lost her first tie to Aya Ohori, the Indian contingent fought back in style to take the game 3-2 and qualify for the first time in the final.

Returning from a long injury layoff, Sindhu had enjoyed wins against China's Han Yue and Hong Kong's Lo Sin Yan Happy but she couldn't produce her best against the left-handed Aya Ohori, going down 13-21, 20-22 in the first singles to peg India back.

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Treesa and Gayatri, playing the first doubles, dished out a superlative performance to outwit world No. 6 Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida 21-17, 16-21, 22-20 in a 73-minute contest as India drew level at 1-1.

Up against former world champion Nozomi Okuhara, who is currently ranked world No. 20, the left-handed Ashmita produced an aggressive game, using her overhead cross drops and jump smashes to good use, to record a shocking 21-17, 21-14 win to hand India a 2-1 lead.

With Tanisha Crasto suffering a niggle, Sindhu then paired up with Ashwini Ponnappa but they couldn't get across the world No. 11 pair of Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto, losing 14-21, 11-21 in 43 minutes.

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With the five-match rubber evenly poised at 2-2, Anmol was handed the responsibility of taming world No. 29 Natsuki Nidaira and the Indian once again lived up to the expectation, claiming a 21-14, 21-18 win in 52 minutes.

The final appearance keeps India's hopes of winning a first-ever gold in the continental championship. India had won two bronze medals in men's team event in the 2016 and 2020 editions.

(With PTI inputs)

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