New Delhi: Indian men and women badminton
teams crashed out of the Thomas and Uber Cup finals after
suffering identical 0-3 thrashing at the hands of Indonesia
and China respectively in their quarterfinal matches in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.
Top Indian man and woman shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and
Saina Nehwal gave a scare to their higher-ranked opponents
Taufik Hidayat and Yihan Wang before eventually bowing down
12-21, 21-10, 17-21 and 21-14, 11-21, 18-21 respectively.
However, all other Indians suffered straight-game defeats
as their campaign ended on a disappointing note.
In the Thomas Cup quarterfinal, Kashyap was the first to
take the court and the world number 33rd shuttler came back
strongly to win the second game 21-10 after losing the first
In the decider, Kashyap was ahead 10-8 before Hidayat
made it 10-10. But from there on, Hidayat stamped his
authority and the closest scoreline Kashyap could reach was
13-14 before the world number five Indonesian wrapped up the
game 21-17 and the match in one hour and one minute.
Indian doubles duo of Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar
then lost 16-21, 17-21 to Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan
before Arvind Bhatt was outplayed 8-21, 10-21 by Simon Santoso
in the third match.
In the Uber Cup, world number six Saina looked set for an
upset victory in the first match by winning the first game
21-14 against Wang.
Saina produced some superb smashes and net winners
against her world number one Chinese opponent. But Wang came
back strongly and gave back to the Indian with better smashes
and net winners to win the second game 21-11.
The stage was set for a thrilling deciding set and Saina
made her Chinese opponent to do the catch up job initially
with the Indian going up 8-5.
But after that Wang tightened her game and dictated terms
on Sania till the scoreline was tied 18-18.
It was anybody`s game at that stage but the Chinese won
three successive points to take the deciding game 21-18 and
wrap up the match in 56 minutes.
Indian women`s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini
Ponnappa then lost 8-21, 11-21 before Sayali Gokhale was
outplayed by Xin Wang 10-21, 14-21 in just 27 minutes in the