UBER CUP LIVE – India vs Japan LIVE in Uber Cup Quarterfinals: Follow LIVE Updates – India out 3-0: Japan’s No. 1 singles player Akane Yamaguchi easily defeated Malvika Bansod to give winning start to her team. The young Indian playing her first Uber Cup Finals was no match for Yamaguchi and lost 12-21, 17-21. Earlier in the Thomas Cup Group C league match, India lost to favorite China 1-4.
The Indian women’s badminton team crashed out of the Uber Cup after losing to Japan in the quarter-finals on Thursday while the men completed their group engagements in the Thomas Cup with a defeat to China.
The men’s team, which is already through to the quarterfinals, suffered a 1-4 defeat in their last group match, setting them up against Denmark in the last-eight stage on Friday.
Competing without top stars like Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and hampered by the injury-forced ouster of Saina Nehwal, the Indian women were outplayed by their Japanese opponents, who claimed the tie by establishing a 3-0 advantage.
Malvika Bansod was no match to world No. 5 Akane Yamaguchi as she lost 12-21 17-21 in the first match that lasted 34 minutes.
The pair of Tanisha Carsto and Rutaparna Panda then suffered an 8-21 10-21 defeat against the duo of Yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto as Japan took a 2-0 lead.
It was the same story for Aditi Bhatt as she was outplayed 16-21 7-21 in just 29 minutes in the second singles by Sayaka Takahashi as Japan sealed the best-of-five tie.
In the Thomas Cup match, only the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty could manage a win in the men’s team championship tie as they beat He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-14 21-14 in a 41-minute contest.
The win by Rankireddy and Shetty duo boosted the confidence of the Indian team after a struggling Kidambi Srikanth began the day for India with a 12-21 16-21 loss to Shi Yu Qi in 36 minutes.
Sameer Verma gave a tough fight to Lu Guang Ju but eventually lost his singles match 21-14 9-21 22-24 after one hour and 23 minutes as India trailed 1-2.
The other doubles pair of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila went down fighting 24-26 19-21 to Liu Cheng and Wang Yi Lyu in 52 minutes before Kiran George lost to Li Shi Feng 15-21 17-21 in the 43-minute singles match.
The defeat against China was the first for the men’s team in the tournament.
It had beaten the Netherlands 5-0 on Sunday before notching up a victory against Tahiti by an identical margin on Tuesday to
qualify for Thomas Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
Some gritty performances, some fightbacks, not the result we would’ve wanted but proud of our girls as they finish 2️⃣nd in Group B and have made it to the quarter finals of #UberCup2020 👊🏻🔥#ThomasUberCup2020#IndiaontheRise#Badminton pic.twitter.com/ulKL8KfR9X
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 13, 2021
Earlier in the competition
India went down as Malvika Bansod lost the match 21-15, 21-11 against Pornpawee Chochuwong. Following this, the doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N Sikki lost against Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai by 21-16, 21-12. In the third match, shuttler Aditi Bhatt lost the match 21-16, 18-21, 21-15 against Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
The doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela lost against the Thailand pair by 21-17, 21-16. In the last match, Tasnim Mir lost the match 21-19, 21-15 against Supainda Katethong. On Tuesday, India defeated Scotland 4-1 in their Group B encounter.
- Thursday, October 14 – India vs China – 12:00 PM IST onwards
- Thursday, October 14 – India vs Japan– 01:30 PM IST onwards
The Thomas and Uber Cup 2020 will be telecast live on the Star Sports 3 TV channel in India. Thomas and Uber Cup 2020 live streaming will be available on the Disney+Hotstar website and app.
Thomas Cup: B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Kiran George, Sameer Verma, Dhruv Kapila, M.R. Arjun, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan.
Uber Cup: Saina Nehwal, Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt, Tanisha Crasto, Treesa Jolly, Tasnim Mir, Rutuparna Panda, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Gayatri Gopichand.