New Delhi: Saina Nehwal produced one of her finest performances in recent times to guide Indian women's team to a comfortable victory over Thailand and catapult the hosts to the top of Group Y in the Uber Cup badminton tournament here on Tuesday.
Star shuttlers Saina and PV Sindhu notched up comfortable victories in the first two singles and then Commonwealh Games gold medalists pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa completed the drubbing with another gutsy win to put India 3-0 ahead at the Siri Fort Sports complex here.
It was vintage Saina on display here as the Indian rode on her array of shots and better court coverage to stave off the challenge from World champion Ratchanok Intanon 22-20, 21-14 in the first singles to give India a brilliant start against Thailand.
Malaysia Grand Prix Gold winner, PV Sindhu then resisted determined fightback by Porntip Buranaprasertsuk from 11-14 to 19-19 in the first game to eventually prevail 21-19, 21-14 in a 37-minute match in the second singles to swell India’s lead to 2-0.
2011 World champions bronze medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini, who recently won the bronze at Asian Championship last month, came up with another superb show to thrash Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Savitree Amitrapai 21-16, 21-13 in a 33-minute doubles match here.