China blank out-of-sorts India 5-0

China blank out-of-sorts India 5-0

India on Sunday suffered a 0-5 thrashing at the hands of formidable China in their opening group match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship here.

Only PV Sindhu could offer a semblance of a fight in her 21-19, 16-21, 14-21 women’s singles loss to Wang Yihan while the four other Indians were outclassed by the Chinese at the Putra Stadium.

The Group A match began with the mixed doubles contest which Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in straight games to the pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei 10-21, 13-21 in just 29 minutes.

In the second tie, P Kashyap was no match for world number two Chen Long, who won 21-11, 21-9 in the men’s singles.

The combine of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra gave a tough fight to Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan in men’s doubles before losing 23-25, 18-21 while their women counterparts Ashwini Ponnappa and Pradnya Gadre lost 18-21, 11-21 in women’s doubles.

Without Saina, it was going to be tough for India but Sidhu displayed a brilliant performance against Yihan. Sidhu won the opening game and looked like there could be an upset on the card but the world number 13 Indian lost the plot later on to go down fighting in one hour and six minute match.

World number 11 Kashyap were completely outplayed by his world number two Chen Long in the 33-minute match in which the Chinese was ahead in all departments of the game.

India play Indonesia in their second and last group tie Monday.

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