New Delhi: Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu came up with spectacular victories but the Indian women's team still had to be satisfied with the bronze medal after it went down fighting 2-3 to five-time champions Japan in its maiden semi-finals appearance in the Uber Cup here last night.

Saina Nehwal
India's Saina Nehwal after beating Japan's Minatsu Mitani 21-12, 21-13. Pic/PTI.

Saina and Sindhu won the first two singles to put the Indian team 2-0 ahead but they failed to win the third singles and the two doubles match to see their hopes go up in smoke at the Siri Fort Sports complex.

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India's PV Sindhu after her win over Japan's Sayaka Takahashi in the Uber Cup semi-finals in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI.

Positive start
Olympic bronze medallist Saina gave India a positive start when she produced a dominating performance to get across world No 12 Minatsu Mitani 21-12 21-13 in a 41-minute match.

World Championship bronze winner, Sindhu, then displayed her brilliance with yet another edge-of-the seat victory over world no 13 Sayaka Takahashi 19-21 21-18 26-24 in an energy-sapping one hour and 12 minutes match to put India 2-0 ahead.