Hosts Denmark shatter India’s dream with 3-1 win in Thomas Cup quarter-finals



The Indian males’s badminton group crashed out of the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark on Friday. The Indian girls’s group bowed out from the match yesterday with a 3-0 defeat to Japan within the quarter-finals.

Hosts Denmark shattered India’s dream of successful an elusive medal with a 3-1 victory within the Thomas Cup quarter-finals. India entered the quarters for the primary time since 2010.

Like of their earlier outing in opposition to China, solely the pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy managed to file victory. Even an exhilarating victory by Chirag and Satwiksairaj couldn’t encourage the opposite members of the facet.

Barring Chirag-Satwik, the remainder of the Indian shuttlers couldn’t dwell as much as expectations as India’s poor run within the biennial occasion continued. A lot was anticipated from the 2 senior members of the facet – Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth – however they did not rise to the event.

Struggling Kidambi Srikanth was outclassed by Tokyo Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen within the first singles. The world No. 2 didn’t have a lot of an issue with prevailing over Srikanth 21-12, 21-13 in 38 minutes.

World No. 14 Srikanth trailed all through the primary sport. The closest the Indians may go close to Axelsen was when the scoreline was 3-4. Thereafter, the tall Dane reeled off seven consecutive factors to be 11-3 earlier than quickly closing the primary sport.

Srikanth and Axelsen have been on stage phrases in the beginning of the second sport. Nonetheless, from 5-2, Axelsen notched up seven factors on the trot to consolidate his lead. The house favourite then wrapped up the sport to supply a 1-0 lead for the hosts.

Srikanth suffers fourth consecutive defeat in opposition to Viktor Axelsen

It was the fourth successive win for Axelsen over Srikanth. The Danish star has now elevated his head-to-head file to 6-3. Srikanth’s final win got here 4 years in the past on the Denmark Open.

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy carry India again with an excellent win

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, nevertheless, introduced India again into the tie with a three-game win over Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

The world No. 10 Indian duo gained 21-15, 17-21, 21-18. The primary males’s doubles match lasted one hour and 12 minutes. World No. 11 Kim and Anders had a greater head-to-head (4-1) file in opposition to the Indians earlier than this match. However Chirag and Satwik raised their bar with an excellent show of energy and aggression.

Denmark, nevertheless, regained the lead after world No. 3 Anders Antonsen dismissed Sai Praneeth 21-8, 21-15 within the second singles in 45 minutes.

The pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila then misplaced 16-21, 9-21 to Mathias Christiansen and Frederik Sogaard. This loss was within the second doubles to seal the tie in favor of Denmark.

Within the fifth match of the tie, Sameer Verma was scheduled to play in opposition to Rasmus Gemke.

Thomas Cup Outcomes (Quarter-final)

India misplaced to Denmark 1-3

Males’s singles 1

Kidambi Srikanth misplaced to Viktor Axelsen 12-21, 13-21 (38 minutes)

Males’s Doubles 1

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty bt Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-15, 17-21, 21-18 (72 minutes)

Males’s singles 2

B Sai Praneeth misplaced to Anders Antonsen 8-21, 15-21 (45 minutes)

Males’s Doubles 2

MR Arjun-Dhruv Kapila misplaced to Mathias Christiansen-Frederik Sogaard 16-21, 9-21 (40 minutes).




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