Sudirman Cup: India lose to China in quarter-finals
Gold Coast (Australia), May 26: India’s Sudirman Cup Badminton Cup finished after dropping 0-3 against major champions and 10 times China in the quarterfinals of the mixed championship today (May 26 ). There would always be a difficult task for the Indian team ninth-seeded team to break the Chinese wall and despite mixed pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Rankireddy Satwiksairaj have mounted a spike show to challenge the pair Lu Kai Huang and the number 2 of the Yaqiong world that finally descended.
The experienced Chinese combination had the final say by beating Ashwini and Satwiksairaj 16-21, 21-13, 21-16 in the first game that lasted an hour and three minutes. Kidambi Srikanth then took on the enormous task of domesticating Olympic champion Chen Long. In the 48-minute men’s match, Srikanth showed the spark, but was never really close to endangering the Chinese supremacy. In the end, it was a 16-21 victory, 17-21 against the long time India saw sliding to a 0-2 handicap in rubber in five games.
Young couple Satwiksairaj and Chirag Sen met Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the mixed doubles match and surrendered 9-21 11-21 in half an hour, while China recorded a 3-0 victory over India. The next two individual matches, – PV Sindhu which is meant to play, and female doubles – became inconsistent. India had qualified for the first stage only once in 2011, but even then the Chinese had finished their campaign with a 3-1 win. China, who have lost one of their 10 games in the round robin phase, announced another excellent performance to outwit the Indian riders and face Japan in the semifinals.