Uber Cup: India lose to Japan in quarters

New Delhi: The Indian women’s badminton team crashed out of the Uber Cup after losing to Japan in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Aarhus, Denmark.
In the first match of the quarter-final tie, Malvika Bansod lost her match to world number five Akane Yamaguchi 12-21, 17-21. Then the pair of Tanisha Carsto and Rutaparna Panda went down against Yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto 8-21, 10-21 and this gave Japan a 2-0 lead in the encounter.
Aditi Bharat later lost her match against Sayaka Takahashi and following this, Japan went on to win the five-match affair.
Whereas, 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 defeated 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.

NT Bureau