Srikanth & Co. assures India of at least a bronze medal at the Thomas Cup | badminton news

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BANGKOK: India’s men’s badminton team scripted a memorable 3-2 victory over Malaysia to enter the Thomas Cup semi-finals for the first time in 43 years, but the women’s team pulled out after losing 0-3 against Thailand in the Uber Cup on Thursday. .
India is thus assured of at least one bronze medal at the Thomas Cup. The country has not won a medal at the event since 1979.
India had won three bronze medals in the past when they reached the inter-zone finals. However, it is the first time since the change in the qualifying format that the country has won a medal at this prestigious tournament.

Facing a team that has won the title five times, world number 8 of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, world championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy rose to the occasion to see India at the House.
India will then face Korea or Denmark.
Much was expected of world championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen, but he couldn’t go the distance in the opening singles, losing 21-23 9-21 to reigning world champion Lee Zii Jia in 46 minutes.
As the Malaysian fans swarmed the Impact Arena, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy took to the pitch and the duo put in a stellar performance to beat world number 13 Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19 21-15 to bring back India in the five-match tie.
It was an all-out attack in the final stage of game two that saw the Indian pair put up five match points with Chirag converting with a spike, leaving the Indian side all bloated.
Srikanth played on his superior and varied stroke game to outclass world number 46 NG Tze Yong 21-11 21-17 and give India a 2-1 lead.
The world number 45 combination of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala was given the task of taming Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi and the Indian pair produced a good effort before losing 19-21 17-21 as the match went into the decision.
World No. 23 HS Prannoy was fired up in the final competition as he handled the pressure to erase a 1-6 deficit early in the opener to eventually claim a 21-13 21-8 win over Jun Hao, 22 years old. Leong as India picked up a fantastic win from behind.
The moment Prannoy unleashed a smash to seal the contest, his teammates entered the court and rejoiced.
Earlier, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu fought hard before losing to Ratchanok Intanon as India’s women’s team crashed out in the Uber Cup final after being beaten 0-3 by Thailand in quarter-finals.
World number 7 Sindhu was out of color for the second day in a row as she squandered a one-game lead to lose 21-18 17-21 12-21 to eighth-seeded Intanon in an opener in women’s singles of 59 minutes.
The loss means Sindhu now trails Intanon 4-7 on a head-to-head record.
India were down 0-2 when the women’s doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi lost 16-21 13-21 to the Thai pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
It was no better for Aakarshi Kashyap, who went 16-21 11-21 to Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second singles match that lasted 42 minutes as Thailand finished a 3-0 thrashing, making the two remaining games of the meeting superfluous.



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