Asian Games 2023 Badminton : India delivered a commanding 3-0 victory over Mongolia in the round-16 in the Asian Games 2023 (AG-2023) women’s badminton team event, held in Hangzhou, China. The stellar performances by PV Sindhu, Ashmita Chaliha, and Anupama Upadhyaya in their respective singles matches showcased India’s prowess.
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PV Sindhu led the charge with a convincing 21-2, 21-3 win against Ganbaatar Myagmartseren, securing a 1-0 lead for India. Sindhu, ranked 15th globally, dominated the match, finishing it in just 20 minutes. Myagmartseren, ranked much lower at 775th worldwide, struggled to keep up with Sindhu’s skills. The two-time Olympic medalist and five-time World Championships medalist faced little resistance, as Myagmartseren made frequent errors, sending the shuttle wide and into the net. The match saw few extended rallies, and only three shuttles were used throughout.
Sindhu conservatively managed her energy, reserving her powerful jump smash for the upcoming challenging quarterfinal against Thailand. Her likely opponent is the 12th–ranked Pornpawee Chochuwong, with the eighth-ranked Ratchanok Intanon sidelined due to injury, leaving Chochuwong to lead the Thai team. The upcoming stage promises a formidable test for Sindhu.
Following Sindhu’s remarkable victory, 23-year-old Ashmita Chaliha continued India’s dominance with a commanding 21-2, 21-3 win against Kherlen Darkhanbaatar, extending India’s lead to 2-0.
In the third match of the Asian Games, emerging talent Anupama Upadhyaya debut Player from Indian Squad Side. A former world junior number 1, she displayed near perfection for winning the opening game 21-0 without conceding a single point.
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Anupama showcased her deceptive and agile playing style, effortlessly accumulating points. Her opponent, Khulangoo Baatar, unintentionally contributed to Anupama’s dominant performance by committing numerous unforced errors.
Anupama’s stellar debut further highlighted India’s commanding 3-0 lead over Mongolia in the team event, shedding light on the burgeoning talent within the Indian badminton contingent. With three singles matches in the tie, the world’s 17th-ranked women’s doubles pair, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, will enjoy an additional day’s rest. The Indian women’s team now sets its sights on a quarterfinal showdown against Thailand, gearing up for yet another thrilling challenge on their path to glory.