Bangkok: May 11 (IANS) India’s men’s and women’s badminton teams lost their final Thomas and Uber Cup 2022 group ties against South Korea and Chinese Taipei, respectively, at the Impact Arena, here on Wednesday.
Both teams had already secured their places in the quarter-finals after winning their first two group ties, but needed to win on Wednesday to top their respective groups. However, the Indian women’s team lost 0-5 to South Korea, while the men lost 2-3 to Chinese Taipei.
Having finished second in Group D of the Uber Cup, the women’s team led by PV Sindhu will face a strong team from Thailand, who topped Group C in the top eight. On the other hand, the men’s team is placed second in Group C of the Thomas Cup and their opponents in the quarterfinals will be decided later.
In the Uber Cup tie, double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, ranked No. 7 in the badminton world rankings, started the process against World No. 4 An Seyoung in the first singles match.
Facing the 20-year-old South Korean, whom she had never beaten in four previous attempts, Sindhu appeared to have the upper hand in early exchanges. However, with Sindhu leading 15-13, Seyoung stunned the Indian as she took the next eight points on the trot and won the first game.
The narrative was repeated once more in game 2 when the Indian squandered an early lead. Seyoung eventually beat Sindhu 21-15, 21-14 in 42 minutes.
From there, the Indian challenge collapsed as Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi lost 13-21, 12-21 to world silver medalists Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan in the opening doubles match before Aakarshi Kashyap fell 10-21, 10-21 against the world. No. 19 Kim Ga Eun.
South Korea then completed a clean 5-0 sweep of India as Kim Hye Jeong and Kong Heeyong outscored Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly 21-14, 21-11 in the second doubles and Sim Yujin defeated Ashmita Chaliha 21-18. , 21. -17 in the final match of the tie.
Meanwhile, in the Thomas Cup Group C tie, the Indian men’s team showed a little more resistance against Chinese Taipei, but eventually submitted 2-3.
Lakshya Sen, India’s top ranked singles player at World No. 9, went down battling World No. 4 and Asian Games silver medalist Chou Tien Chen. The Indian extended the match to an hour and 20 minutes, but came out on the wrong end of a score of 21-19, 13-21, 21-17.
India’s top doubles draws Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and then lost 11-21, 19-21 to reigning doubles Olympic champions and Wang Chi-lin.
Down 2-0, India needed a spark of inspiration and it came from world silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, who cut one back for his team after beating Wang Tzu Wei 21-19, 21-16. After a slow start, Srikanth bounced back brilliantly to beat his opponent in straight games.
In a do-or-die situation, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila put up a strenuous resistance against Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han, but lost a close match with the score 21-17, 19-21, 21-19. HS Prannoy defeated Lu Chia Hung 18-21, 21-17, 18-21 in the final deadlock to make the score 2-3.