Uber Cup: The Indian women’s badminton team, led by two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, crashed out after losing 0-3 to Thailand in the quarter-finals of the Uber Cup here on Thursday. World number seven Sindhu did not look in her colors for the second day in a row and lost 21-18, 17-21, 12-21 to world number eight Ratchanok Intanon in 59 minutes in the first singles match.
Sindhu’s poor game continues
After this defeat, Sindhu’s record against Intanon has become 4-7. Women’s doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi lost 16-21, 13-21 to Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Ravinda Prajongzai as India trailed 0-2. Akarshi Kashyap was now in charge but he also suffered a 16-21, 11-21 loss to Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second singles match that lasted 42 minutes.
Indian team out
With this Thailand took an unassailable 3-0 lead, leaving the remaining two matches a mere formality, it was decided not to play. In the second women’s doubles match, the Indian pair of Tanisha Crasto and Trisa Jolly were to face Benyapa Emsard and Nuntakarn Emsard, while Ashmita Chaliha was to face Busanan Ongbamrungphan in women’s singles.
Had to face defeat from Korea too
Earlier on Wednesday, Sindhu had suffered a straight-game 15-21 14-21 loss to world No. 4 Korean player An Seong in the final match of India’s Group D. India had lost 0-5 in this match but with victories over the US and Canada, they reached the quarter-finals by finishing second in the group. India’s hopes now rest on the men’s team, which will take on Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup.