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India�s campaign ends in badminton team events

By The Assam Tribune
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JAKARTA, Aug 20: India�s hopes of winning a medal in badminton team events at the 18th Asian Games went up in smoke after both the men�s and women�s sides bowed out of the competition following an identical 1-3 loss in the quarterfinals here today.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy shone bright but India couldn�t get enough support from the rest of the shuttlers as they lost to Japan and Indonesia in the women�s and men�s team events respectively.

After the women�s team went down 1-3 to top seeds Japan earlier in the day, the men�s team put up a spirited effort before losing 1-3 to hosts Indonesia.

The onus was on World No. 8 Kidambi Srikanth to give India an early lead but he lost 21-23, 22-20, 10-21 to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, ranked 12th, to concede a 0-1 lead to Indonesia.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then put up a gallant fight before going down 21-19, 19-21, 16-21 to World No. 1 combination of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.

World No. 11 Prannoy then brought some cheers back in the Indian camp by reducing the deficit with a 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 win over Jonathan Christie in the third match.

But national champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 14-21, 18-21 to World No. 9 Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto as the men�s team crashed out of the contest.

Earlier in the day, the Indian women�s team, which won a historic bronze in the last edition in Incheon, also lost in the quarterfinals to top seeds Japan.

It was always going to be a close affair between Sindhu and World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi but the Indian prevailed in the tight opening singles encounter 21-18, 21-19.

Sindhu, who took 41 minutes to put India ahead, had also beaten Yamaguchi at the recent World Championship on her way to the final.

N Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sunil then struggled to contain unforced errors and lost tamely 15-21, 6-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, allowing the Japanese to level the tie.

In the crucial second women�s singles, Saina Nehwal made a dramatic comeback from nowhere and saved four match points in the second game to take the match into the decider, but she eventually lost 11-21, 25-23, 16-21 after battling for one hour and 11 minutes against Nozomi Okuhara.

Saina initially struggled to contain her unforced errors while Okuhara was disciplined. The Indian hit almost everything either over the line or on to the net but made a stunning comeback in the second game.

She, though, could not take advantage of the momentum and lost five points in a row from 16-16 in the decider to lose the match.

In the must-win fourth rubber, Sindhu paired up with Ashwini Ponappa but the duo lost 13-21, 12-21 to reigning Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who were solid with their defence. � PTI

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India�s campaign ends in badminton team events

JAKARTA, Aug 20: India�s hopes of winning a medal in badminton team events at the 18th Asian Games went up in smoke after both the men�s and women�s sides bowed out of the competition following an identical 1-3 loss in the quarterfinals here today.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy shone bright but India couldn�t get enough support from the rest of the shuttlers as they lost to Japan and Indonesia in the women�s and men�s team events respectively.

After the women�s team went down 1-3 to top seeds Japan earlier in the day, the men�s team put up a spirited effort before losing 1-3 to hosts Indonesia.

The onus was on World No. 8 Kidambi Srikanth to give India an early lead but he lost 21-23, 22-20, 10-21 to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, ranked 12th, to concede a 0-1 lead to Indonesia.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then put up a gallant fight before going down 21-19, 19-21, 16-21 to World No. 1 combination of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.

World No. 11 Prannoy then brought some cheers back in the Indian camp by reducing the deficit with a 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 win over Jonathan Christie in the third match.

But national champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 14-21, 18-21 to World No. 9 Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto as the men�s team crashed out of the contest.

Earlier in the day, the Indian women�s team, which won a historic bronze in the last edition in Incheon, also lost in the quarterfinals to top seeds Japan.

It was always going to be a close affair between Sindhu and World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi but the Indian prevailed in the tight opening singles encounter 21-18, 21-19.

Sindhu, who took 41 minutes to put India ahead, had also beaten Yamaguchi at the recent World Championship on her way to the final.

N Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sunil then struggled to contain unforced errors and lost tamely 15-21, 6-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, allowing the Japanese to level the tie.

In the crucial second women�s singles, Saina Nehwal made a dramatic comeback from nowhere and saved four match points in the second game to take the match into the decider, but she eventually lost 11-21, 25-23, 16-21 after battling for one hour and 11 minutes against Nozomi Okuhara.

Saina initially struggled to contain her unforced errors while Okuhara was disciplined. The Indian hit almost everything either over the line or on to the net but made a stunning comeback in the second game.

She, though, could not take advantage of the momentum and lost five points in a row from 16-16 in the decider to lose the match.

In the must-win fourth rubber, Sindhu paired up with Ashwini Ponappa but the duo lost 13-21, 12-21 to reigning Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who were solid with their defence. � PTI

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