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Sudirman Cup Badminton: India bounce back in style

PTI
Published : May 24, 2017, 3:28 am IST
Updated : May 24, 2017, 3:28 am IST

India went down 1-4 to Denmark on Monday and needed a win over Indonesia to keep their chances alive.

K. Srikanth
 K. Srikanth

New Delhi: India dominated former champions Indonesia, winning 4-1 to remain in contention for a knockout berth in the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship in Gold Coast, Australia, on Tuesday.

India went down 1-4 to Denmark on Monday and needed a win over Indonesia to keep their chances alive.

 

K. Srikanth, P.V. Sindhu and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won both the mixed doubles and women’s doubles matches, with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and N. Sikki Reddy respectively, produced commendable performances in India’s first victory over Indonesia in a team event.

Denmark and India now have won a match each. The knockout berths will be decided after Denmark’s clash with Indonesia on Wednesday.

If Indonesia defeat Denmark, the qualification will depend on the number of matches, games and points as only two teams can qualify from the group.

India, ranked ninth, have reached the knockouts only once, in 2011, failing to get out of the group stage in the last two editions.

 

Satwiksairaj and Ashwini opened on Tuesday with a 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 win over Tontowi Ahmad and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the mixed doubles in an hour and six minutes.

Srikanth, who reached the Singapore Open final recently, saw off Jonatan Christie 21-15, 21-16 to make it 2-0.

Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty were then beaten 9-21, 17-21 by world no. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the men’s doubles before Sindhu gave India an unassailable 3-1 lead, defeating Fitriani Fitriani 21-9, 21-19 in a 42-minute women’s singles contest.

In the fifth match, Ashwini and N. Sikki Reddy won 21-12, 21-19 against Della Destiara Haris and Rosyita Eka Putri Sar.

 

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