The Indian males’s badminton group scripted a memorable 3-2 win over Malaysia to enter the semifinals of Thomas Cup for the primary time in 43 years however the girls’s aspect bowed out after dropping 0-3 to Thailand within the Uber Cup in Bangkok on Thursday. India is thus assured of at the least a bronze on the Thomas Cup. The nation has not received a medal on the occasion since 1979.
India had bagged three bronze previously once they reached inter-zonal finals. However, it’s the first time because the change within the qualifying format that the nation received a medal on the prestigious event.
Up in opposition to a group that has received the title 5 occasions, the world quantity 8 pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy rose to the event to see India residence.
India will subsequent tackle both Korea or Denmark.
A whole lot of expectation rode on world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen however he could not go the gap within the opening singles, dropping 21-23 9-21 to reigning world champion Lee Zii Jia in 46 minutes.
With the Malaysian followers thronging the Impact Arena, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy took to the court docket and the duo dished out a superlative efficiency to outwit world quantity 13 Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19 21-15 to carry India again within the five-match tie.
It was an all-out assault within the closing part of the second recreation which noticed the Indian pair arrange 5 match factors with Chirag changing with a smash, leaving the Indian camp all pumped up.
Srikanth rode on his superior and assorted strokeplay to outclass world quantity 46 NG Tze Yong 21-11 21-17 and provides India a 2-1 lead.
The world quantity 45 mixture of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala have been handed the duty of taming Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi and the Indian pair produced a superb effort earlier than dropping 19-21 17-21 because the match went into the decider.
World quantity 23 HS Prannoy was all fired up within the closing contest as he dealt with the stress to erase an 1-6 deficit early within the first recreation to finally canter to a 21-13 21-8 win over 22-year-old Jun Hao Leong as India accomplished a incredible come-from-behind victory.
The second Prannoy unleashed a smash to seal the competition, his teammates entered the court docket and rejoiced.
Earlier, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu fought onerous earlier than dropping to Ratchanok Intanon because the Indian girls’s group crashed out of the Uber Cup Finals after being drubbed 0-3 by Thailand within the quarterfinals.
World No. 7 Sindhu was off color for the second consecutive day as she squandered a one-game result in go down 21-18 17-21 12-21 in opposition to Intanon, ranked eighth, in a 59-minute first girls’s singles match.
The defeat means Sindhu now trails Intanon 4-7 on head-to-head document.
India have been down 0-2 when the ladies’s doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi misplaced 16-21 13-21 in opposition to the Thai pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
It was no higher for Aakarshi Kashyap, who surrendered 16-21 11-21 to Pornpawee Chochuwong within the second singles match that lasted 42 minutes, as Thailand accomplished a 3-0 thrashing, making the remaining two matches of the tie redundant.
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