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India go down to Japan but make Asia Team Championship quarterfinals


Alor Setar (Malaysia), February eight: Indian ladies shuttlers complicated to the Badminton Asia Workforce Championship quarterfinals regardless of a 1-Four loss to Japan during which PV Sindhu notched the rustic’s best win right here on Thursday (February eight).

Sindhu prolonged her domination over Global No 2 Akane Yamaguchi with a immediately video games win. Regardless of the loss, India certified for the quarter-final in each the ladies’s and males’s pageant.

The Indian ladies completed 2nd in Workforce W with one win and one loss forward of Hong Kong China however at the back of Japan. The Sindhu-led squad had defeated Hong Kong China Three-2 in its opening crew tie.

With a rampaging Five-Zero wins over lower-ranked Philippines and Maldives, the Indian males’s workforce too has certified for the quarter-finals from Workforce D.

Taking the court docket first, Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu dished out a high quality attacking efficiency to overcome Yamaguchi 21-19, 21-15 in 36 mins.

Through distinctive feature of this win, Global No Four Sindhu now enjoys a Five-Three head-to-head document in opposition to Yamaguchi.

On the other hand, Sindhu didn’t get sufficient strengthen from her teammates as Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli was once no fit for Global No 13 Sayaka Sato, shedding the second one singles 12-21, 10-21 to assist Japan draw degree.

Doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa was once then tamed 14-21, 12-21 through Global No 16 Aya Ohori within the 3rd singles fit as Japan took a 2-1 lead.

It was once then left to the doubles experts to deliver India again into the tie however each the Indian pairs went down after a just right battle.

The onus was once on Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant to attract parity for India however they misplaced 17-21, 17-21 in opposition to Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto within the first doubles fit handy Japan an unassailable Three-1 lead.

The script became out to be the similar for India within the final inconsequential fit of the tie as Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy misplaced 18-21, 18-21 to Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.

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