The upcoming edition of the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals will get underway from October 9 at Aarhus, Denmark. It will be a chance for the Indian contingent finally clinch a title at the prestigious tournament.
The Uber Cup, which is the world team championship for women, will also mark the return of London 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal after she missed out on the cut for Tokyo 2020. She will be accompanied by Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt, Tasnim Mir, Tanisha Crasto, Rutuparna Panda, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly in the squad.
Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth and premier shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will, meanwhile, look to regain form at the Thomas Cup. They will be joined by Kiran George, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan.
Let us, however, look at India's previous best performances at the marquee events:
India were drawn in Group Y along side Thailand, Hong Kong and Canada at the 2014 Uber Cup at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.
The home team clinched victories in all their three matches in group stage to progress to the quarterfinals. Later, the Saina Nehwal-led side overcame the Indonesian challenge 3-0 to enter their maiden semi-finals at the Uber Cup.
India they went down fighting 2-3 against Japan. Nehwal and PV Sindhu clinched victories in their respective singles matches. But Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, later, lost their doubles contest which was followed by PC Thulasi losing her singles tie and the pair of Nehwal and Sindhu losing the doubles to concede victory to Japan.
India were drawn in Group D along side Japan, Germany and Australia in the 2016 Uber Cup at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, China.
India began their group stage with a win over Australia and Germany but lost to Japan to qualify for the quarterfinals as the second-best team from Group D. Later, the Indian women, outclassed Thailand 3-1 in the quarterfinals to move into their second consecutive semi-finals.
However, India failed to overcome the Chinese challenge in the semi-finals as Nehwal and Sindhu lost their respective singles contest. Jwala Gutta and N Sikki Reddy then lost in the doubles.
India were drawn in Group D along side Indonesia and Australia at the 2010 Thomas Cup in Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Indian contingent began their campaign with a loss against Indonesia but bounced back with a win against Australia in the group stage to qualify for the quarter-finals as the second-best team.
However, India failed to go past the quarterfinals, as they were outclassed 0-3 by Indonesia. Parupalli Kashyap and Arvind Bhatt had lost their singles contest while the pair of Akshay Dewalkar-Sanave Thomas lost in doubles to concede an easy victory to their Indonesian counter-parts.