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India advance to Thomas & Uber Cup quarterfinals with comfortable wins

B Sai Paneeth in action at the Sudirman Cup in 2021. Shi Tang/Getty Images

The Indian women's team progressed to the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup in Denmark with a convincing 4-1 victory over Scotland, with Aditi Bhatt and Tasnim Mir registering comfortable singles victories. India are placed second in Group B with two wins from as many matches.

The men's team also advanced to the last eight after blanking Tahiti 5-0. They'll next face China in their final Group stage match on Thiursday.

B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma and Kiran George won their singles matches with ease, while the doubles pairs of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty & Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala also emerged victorious.

Earlier, the Indian team had beaten Spain 3-2 on Sunday, but the joy was tempered with Saina Nehwal forced to retire from her match due to a groin issue.

Taking the court first, Malvika Bansod lost to Kirsty Gilmour 13-21 9-21; before Aditi got the better of Rachel Sugden 21-14 21-8 to level the scores. The doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda then beat Julie Macpherson and Ciara Torrance 21-11 21-8 to hand India a 2-1 lead.

Tasnim then sealed the tie in India's favour by defeating Lauren Middleton 21-15 21-6. In the reverse singles fixture. The young Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of national coach Pullela Gopichand, fought hard to get the better of Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell 21-8 19-21 21-10 in an exciting clash that lasted for 55 minutes.

The Indian team will take on a strong Thailand on Wednesday. India has twice (2014, New Delhi and 2016, Kunshan) reached the semifinals of the Uber Cup before.

Praneeth kicked things off in the Group C clash with a 21-5, 21-6 win over Louis Beaubois. Sameer defeated Remi Rossi 21-12, 21-12 before George gave an Indian an unassailable 3-0 lead with a 21-4, 21-2 win against Elias Maublanc.

The young pairing of Garaga and Panjala impressed in a 21-8, 21-7 win against Glen Lefoll and Rossi. Rankireddy and Shetty then assured India of a clan sweep with a dominant 21-5, 21-3 win against Maublanc and Heiva Yvonet. India's top-ranked singles player, Kidambi Srikanth, was rested from the tie.

This will be India's first quarterfinals appearance in the men's competiton in the last 10 years. They had last made the quarters in 2010, when they lost to Indonesia.