Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy impressed as soon as once more however the Indian males’s badminton staff suffered a humbling 1-3 defeat to formidable hosts Denmark within the quarterfinals to bow out of the Thomas Cup in Aarhus on Friday.
Solely the pair of Satwik-Chirag might put up a win for the staff which made it to the Thomas Cup quarterfinals for the primary time since 2010. It was in any other case a vastly disappointing outing for the Indian males. Even when Denmark have been the favourites, the scorelines and nature of some the defeats didn’t paint a great image for among the skilled names within the Indian arrange.
First up, a struggling Kidambi Srikanth was outplayed by his world quantity 2 opponent and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, who gained the primary match 21-12, 21-13 in 38 minutes.
Srikanth trailed all via the primary recreation and the closest he might go close to Axelsen was when the scoreline was 4-3 within the Dane’s favour. From there on, the Danish star reeled off seven successive factors to be at 11-3 earlier than successful the primary recreation in fast time.
Within the second recreation additionally, Axelsen didn’t permit Srikanth to take the lead. The duo have been on degree phrases at 1-1 after which 2-2 however from there on, the Dane zoomed to 5-2 after which to 12-2 by successful seven successive factors to depart Srikanth far behind earlier than wrapping up the second recreation and the match.
It was a match that signalled how completely different the careers have panned out for 2 former world No 1 shuttlers. Whereas Axelsen has typically gone from power to power, culminating in his Tokyo gold, the wheels have come off for Srikanth who spent every week on the prime of the world rankings in April 2018 on the again of a sensational 2017 season.
The world quantity 10 males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, nevertheless, introduced India again into the tie with a three-game win over the duo of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. The Danes had defeated the Indians twice of their final two conferences, together with a thriller in All England Open this 12 months.
The Indian duo gained 21-15, 17-21, 21-18 within the match that lasted one hour and 12 minutes and was crammed with dramatic swings of momentum each approach. In the long run, the Indians saved their nerve whereas the Danish pair made a sequence of service errors that proved pricey.
Denmark, nevertheless, regained the lead after world No 3 Anders Antonsen simply beat B Sai Praneeth 21-8 21-15 within the second singles in 45 minutes. Whereas each gamers are 2019 World Championships medallists, Praneeth was by no means within the recreation. He led 12-9 at one level within the second recreation however went on to lose 11 straight factors.
The pair of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila then misplaced 16-21 9-21 to a scratch pair Mathias Christiansen and Frederik Sogaard within the second doubles to seal the tie in favour of Denmark.
Within the group stage, India had defeated the Netherlands and Tahiti by an identical margins of 5-0 earlier than shedding to formidable China 1-4. India had completed second behind China within the group to qualify for the Thomas Cup quarterfinals for the primary time since 2010.
Indian girls’s staff, considerably quick on senior expertise, impressed in patches however had bowed of the Uber Cup after shedding 0-3 to Japan.
With PTI inputs