India knocked out of Sudirman Cup 2015

Pavan Suresh / 13 May 2015

India lost to South Korea 1-4 in a important group 1D tie at the Sudirman Cup 2015 played at China just few minutes ago. It was a disappointing performance by the Indians who lost their previous match against Malaysia 2-3 but the Koreans proved too strong for the India and were far better on the day.

In the first match of the day it was the men’s doubles match between Kim/Kim facing off against Akshay Dewalkar/ Pranav Chopra. In the first game the Koreans started off to great start taking 3-0 lead. The Indians tried to comeback in the game. At the changeover the Korean led 11-6. The Korean pair never allowed the Indian pair to comeback and won the first game 21-10. In the second game the Indian pair started off to great start taking 2-0 lead before the Korean pair took a 6-3 lead but the Indian pair made good comeback. At the changeover the Indian pair led 11-9. The Indian pair after the changeover took 15-11 and then the Korean pair used its experience and won the game 21-19. Korea took a 1-0 lead in the tie.

In the second match the ace badminton shuttler of India Saina Nehwal took on Bae. In the first game Saina began off to great start taking a 3-0 lead but Bae cameback to level the things up at 9-9. At the changeover Bae led 11-9. After the interval Bae continued her dominance as she took 14-12 lead. An excellent rally took place at 14-12 as the point was won Saina to make it 13-14. Saina was trailing 18-20 and took 4 points in a row to win the first game 22-20. In the second set Saina began off to good start again taking 2-0 lead and Bae had other ideas taking a lead. At the changeover Saina led 11-10. From 14-14 Bae took a commanding lead of 19-14. Bae won the second game 21-17. In the third game both the players started off brilliantly to equal at 2-2. Saina dominated and at the changeover Saina led 11-3. Bae tried to comeback but Saina won the game 21-13 and equaled the tie at 1-1.

The third match was the men’s singles between Kashyap and Son. In the first game P Kashyap started off good start taking a 2-0 lead as Son took the lead before both the players scored alternate points. At the changeover Son led 11-10. From 10-12 P Kashyap took a commanding lead of 18-12. Kashyap won the first game 21-13. In the second set both the players began to good start scoring alternate points till 4-4. Son led 11-10 at the changeover. Son dominated the game and never allowed Kashyap to make a comeback in the game. Son won the second set 21-14. In the third game both the players to great start but So took a 11-8 lead at the changeover. After the changeover Kashayp ran out of steam and lost the game 13-21. Korea led the tie 2-1.

The fourth match saw Jwala Gutta/Ponappa taking on Chung/Jung. In the first game Chung/Jung began well taking the lead but Gutta/ Ponappa fought back into the match to level it up at 10-10. At the changeover Chung/Jung led 11-10. At one stage Gutta/Ponappa were trailing 12-15 but cameback to win the first game 21-18. In the second game both the pairs started off well taking alternate points till 4-4 before Chung/Jung started to dominate the match. At the changeover the Korean pair led 11-6. After the changeover Korean pair never allowed Gutta/Ponappa into the game and the Korean won the game 21-12. In the deciding set again both the pairs started off well equaled at 2-2 before Chung/Jung took a 5-2 lead. Jwala Gutta/Ponappa made a comeback as Chung/Jung led 11-9 at the changeover. After the changeover the Korean pair never allowed the Indians to comeback in the game and lost the game 21-12. Korea led 3-1 with 1 match to go.

In the last match it was mixed doubles pair Sikki Reddy/Manu Attri versus Ha Na/Soon. It was one sided affair in the first set as the Korean won it 21-12. In the second game Manu Attri. Sikki Reddy  performed much better and gave a fright to the Korean pair. The Korean pair won the second game 22-20 and with that winning the tie 4-1.

With this India were knocked out of Sudirman Cup 2015. They have to improve their men’s doubles and mixed doubles pair.


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