dglobalnews.com India lose 1-4 to Denmark at Sudirman Cup
Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

India lose 1-4 to Denmark at Sudirman Cup

India lose 1-4 to Denmark at Sudirman Cup

India on Wednesday sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship to set up a quarter-final showdown with 10-time champions China.

India's fate will be decided by the last group match between Denmark and Indonesia which is scheduled on Wednesday.

The fifth match saw Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy prevail 21-12 21-19 over World No 15 Della Destiara Haris and Rosyita Eka Putri Sar to complete a 4-1 drubbing.

Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen earned bronze at London 2012, though they were given a tough time by Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwicksairaj Rankireddy in the mixed doubles, taking over an hour to eventually win 21-15, 16-21, 21-17.

However, Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu then defeated Fitriani Fitriani 21-9 21-19 in a 42-minute women's singles match to guide India to an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match rubber.

India begin Sudirman Cup 2017 campaign against second seeds Denmark in Gold Coast, Australia on Monday.

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Only top two teams of the group progress to the knockout stages, and if India are to stay alive, they need to find ways to beat Indonesia, which is not going to be easy. They were up against Olympic champion Tontowi Ahmad and his partner Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja. Kidambi Srikanth scored a magnificent 21-15, 21-16 victory over Indonesia's Jonatan Christie, who was preferred to the more experienced Tommy Sugiarto.

The final game was a close contest, Satwik/Ashwini looked determined to rectify their mistakes in the opening match and won the match 22-20, 17-21, 21-19.

Indonesia got their solitary win of the day in their next match through the men's doubles World No. 1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.

India had managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament only once during the 2011 edition, while in the last two editions they couldn't even cross the group stage.

Olympic silver-medallists Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen then eked out a 21-18 13-21 21-13 win over Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu to reduce the margin of win to 2-3, thus clearing India's way to the quarterfinal.

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