Sudirman Cup: India lose 0-5 against China, out of quarterfinal race
Competing without its star players, the Indian badminton team's chances to qualify for the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup ended after suffering a heavy 0-5 defeat against formidable China here on Monday.
It was India's second consecutive defeat after losing the Group A opener to Thailand and now the final match against Finland on Wednesday has been rendered inconsequential. Up against 11-time champions China, the chances were always slim for the new-look Indian team but the fact that the players couldn't even win a single game reflects poorly on the bench strength in Indian badminton.
The absence of double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu, London Games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also hurt India's prospect as the team cut a sorry figure at the team tournament.
World No. 15 B Sai Praneeth then took the court against former All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men's singles but it turned out to be a one-sided affair as he went down 10-21 10-21 as China sealed the contest by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.
In the last two inconsequential matches of the tie, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki reddy lost 16-21 13-21 to Chinese world number 15 Zheng Yu and Li Wen Mei, while Du Yue and Feng Yan Zhe beat scratch pair of Kidambi Srikanth and Rutaparna Panda 9-21 9-21 in the mixed doubles match.
Shi Yuqi, currently ranked 10th, played a high-paced game and repeatedly brought down the shuttle at lightning speed to bamboozle the Indian, who was left to do the catch-up act.
Shi Yuqi, who was playing after recovering from an injury, looked in great touch as he defended well and played some superb shots.
Praneeth lagged 4-11 in the first break and then reached 15-4 before sealing the opening game in 16 minutes.
Praneeth tried to step up his pace but he was too erratic. The Chinese continued to control the net and produced winners to again lead 11-4 at the interval.
The duo played some fast-paced rallies but Praneeth just couldn't find a way to penetrate the defense of Shi Yuqi.
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