China blank India 5-0 in Uber Cup

Despite the presence of world number four Saina Nehwal, India’s women shuttlers were blanked 0-5 by China in the Uber Cup (Asia Zone), while the men’s team went down 2-3 after a valiant fight against Indonesia in the Thomas Cup in Macau on Wednesday.

India’s biggest hope, Saina suffered a narrow 19-21, 19-21 defeat to world number six Yanjiao Jiang. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost the doubles rubber 19-21, 10-21 to Yunlei Zhao and Qing Tian. PV Sindhu was no match for Xuerui Li as she lost the third match 16-21, 13-21. Prajakta Sawant and Pradnya Gadre lost the second doubles rubber 18-21, 19-21 to Shu Cheng and Pan Pan. The story remained the same for Sayali Gokhale who lost the final rubber Xin Liu 9-21, 2-21.

In the Thomas Cup too, India were off to a bad start as P Kashyap lost 7-21, 15-21 to Simon Santoso in the first match. The duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas drew level after they saw of Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-18, 21-16 in the doubles rubber.

Olympic champion Taufiq Hidayat helped Indonesia regain the lead by thrashing Anand Pawar 21-16, 21-13. India fell back back further after Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra lost the second doubles rubber 18-21, 16-21 to Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to concede the tie. In the inconsequential fifth match, B Sai Praneeth eked out a hard-fought 21-13, 15-21, 9-21 win over Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka.

Results:
Thomas Cup: Group A: China bt Chinese Taipei 5-0. Group B: Indonesia bt India 3-2 (Simon Santoso bt Parupalli Kashyap 21-7, 21-15; Alvent Yulianto Chandra/ Hendra Aprida Gunawan lt to Rupesh Kumar KT/ Sanave Thomas 18-21, 16-21; Taufik Hidayat bt Anand Pawar 21-16, 21-13; Markis Kido/ Hendra Setiawan bt Akshay Dewalkar/ Pranav Chopra 21-18, 21-16; Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka lt to B Sai Praneeth 21-13, 15-21, 9-21); Singapore bt Macau 5-0. Group C: Sri Lanka bt Kazakhstan 5-0; Japan bt Thailand 4-1. Group D: Malaysia bt Korea bt 3-2.

Uber Cup: Group W: China bt India 5-0 (Yanjiao Jiang bt Saina Nehwal 21-19, 21-19; Yunlei Zhao/ Qing Tian bt Jwala Gutta/ Ashwini Ponnappa 21-19, 21-10; Xuerui Li bt Sindhu PV 21-16, 21-13; Shu Cheng/ Pan Pan bt Prajakta Sawant/ Pradnya Gadre 21-18, 21-19; Xin Liu bt Sayali Gokhale 21-9, 21-2). Group X: Chinese Taipei bt Singapore 4-1. Group Y: Sri Lanka bt Kazakhstan 5-0; Thailand bt Indonesia 3-2 . Group Z: Japan bt Hong Kong 4-1.

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