In what came as a shock for the Indian fans, star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap fell by the wayside as the two lost their respective women's and men's singles matches to bow out of the 17th Asian Games here on Friday.
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal sailed into the quarterfinals with a comfortable straight-game win after P Kashyap advanced to the pre-quarters, but there was heartbreak for P V Sindhu in the 17th Asian Games here on Thursday.
Rower Dushyant Chauhan was the lone bright spot after the shooters drew a blank as India managed just one bronze medal to slip to the 14th position in overall standings on the fifth day of competitions in the 17th Asian Games here on Wednesday.
India made a resounding start in the individual badminton event of the 17th Asian Games with ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu sailing into the second round of women's singles competition here Wednesday.
Indian shooters were on target for the second successive day as they delivered a bronze in the men's 10m air pistol team event, while shuttlers bagged another medal of same hue in the women's team competition in the 17th Asian Games here on Sunday.
The Indian badminton team, which had arrived at the Gyeyang Gymkhana far away from the Athletes Village early this morning, was left stranded after the conclusion of the women's quarterfinals match against Thailand late in the night as the driver of the bus which was to ferry them back went missing.
India on Saturday ended a 28-year-old medal drought in Asian Games badminton after the women's shuttlers, led by Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, edged out Thailand 3-2 to reach the semifinals of the women's team event, here today.
New shooting sensation Jitu Rai stole the limelight by provided the first gold medal, while Shweta Chaudhry claimed a bronze as India launched their campaign in the 17th Asian Games on a rousing note with two medals on the opening day of competitions here Saturday.
Star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu hammered their respective rivals in straight games as India opened their Asian Games' badminton campaign with a 3-0 triumph over Macau China to enter the women's team event quarterfinals, here on Saturday.