Badminton: India remained empty handed in Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, after women the men’s team also lost

Defending champions India failed to defend their title as the men’s team suffered a 1-3 defeat in the quarter-finals against China while the women’s campaign also ended 0-0 against Japan in the Thomas and Uber Cup badminton final here on Thursday. Ended with a -3 loss.

After winning the first title for India in the World Men’s Team Championship Thomas Cup two years ago, Thursday was a very difficult day for the country’s badminton players and only Lakshya Sen was able to register victory. World number nine HS Prannoy, number three pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and pair of Dhruv Kapila and Sai Prateek had to face defeat. It was a repeat of the team final of the Asian Games 2023 where India had won the silver medal for the first time with a 2-3 defeat.

The Indian team finished second in its group with a 1-4 defeat against Indonesia on Wednesday. The Chinese team looked in better form against India and did not give any chance to the defending champions. Prannoy was the first to come from India, who despite presenting a tough challenge, had to face defeat against world number two player Xi Yuqi 21-15 11-21 14-21 in 66 minutes and China took a 1-0 lead. Made it.

After the defeat, Prannoy said, “I don’t know but I think China got a day’s break and they came (in the match) much fresher.” This makes a huge difference in the third game. It was unfortunate today,” he said. “I would say we had a very long night and by the time we went to sleep it was 1.32 (at night) and I think that energy level can’t be recovered.”

“Everyone was very disappointed last night (after the loss to Indonesia), but to play such a big match in front of the home crowd in less than 13 to 14 hours is a big task mentally because you are playing against a team like Indonesia,” Prannoy said. Lost to a bigger rival.” Satwik and Chirag had to face defeat for the second consecutive day. They suffered a 15-21 21-11 12-21 defeat against the world number one pair of Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang, giving China a 0-2 lead.

Lakshya then tried to give India a comeback by defeating Li Shi Feng 13-21 21-8 21-14. However, Dhruv and Sai then lost 10-21 10-21 against world number 11 pair of Ren Xiang Yu and He Ji Ting, dashing India’s hopes. Earlier, Ashmita Chaliha fought hard but the young and inexperienced Indian women’s team had to face defeat at the hands of Japan in the Uber Cup.

The Indian team, playing without PV Sindhu, had qualified for the knockouts by defeating Canada and Singapore in the group stage but was defeated 5-0 by China in the last league match. World number 53 player Chaliha was defeated by world number 11 Aya Ohori 21-10, 20-22, 21-15 in a match that lasted 67 minutes. Isharani Barua was defeated by former world number one Nojomi Okuhara 21-15, 21-12.

Meanwhile, national champions Priya K and Shruti Mishra were defeated by world number four pair Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida 21-8, 21-9. India has reached the Uber Cup semi-finals thrice in 1957, 2014 and 2016.

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